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Kentucky, New Jersey Guard aid Ecuador demining operation
April 12, 2022
Tech Sgt. Oscar Morales, 7th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, provides field training to Ecuadorian Army soldiers to use new demining equipment Feb. 23, 2022, in Sangolquí, Ecuador. The equipment, from U.S. Southern Command, will be used to help clear the last remaining part of the country's southern border so it can be returned to the local population for farming and other activities.

SPP partner Niger, 138th Regiment complete training
April 11, 2022
Soldiers from the 138th Regiment (Combat Arms) Indiana Regional Training Institute at concluding ceremonies for the Niger Basic Training enhancement in Niamey, Niger, in March 2022. The training enhanced the Niger army's ability to train new recruits.

Oklahoma National Guard, Azerbaijan hold SPP exchange
April 8, 2022
Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldiers and doctors with the Azerbaijan Operational Capabilities Concept Battalion evacuate a simulated patient from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical knowledge exchange in Oklahoma City, April 1, 2022. The Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard participated in support of the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

183d Wing cuts ribbon on joint cyber range
April 7, 2022
Illinois Air National Guard 1st Lt. Paul Murley, cyber range project officer, left, and Illinois Air Army National Guard 1st. Lt. Christopher Muenster, right, explain the uses of the new 183d Joint Cyber Center of Excellence Cyber Range at the 183d Wing, Springfield, Illinois, April 2, 2022.

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange
March 31, 2022
Vermont Army National Guard rotary-wing pilots with 86th Troop Command conducted an aviation exchange with Senegalese Air Force pilots March 13-19, 2022. During the exchange, part of the State Partnership Program, the pilots discussed aviation safety and visited Senegalese Air Force facilities.

Oregon Guard supports Bangladesh Tiger Lightning 22 exercise
March 30, 2022
U.S. Army delegates pause for a photograph with Bangladeshi Army members, after the opening ceremony of the Exercise Tiger Lightning 2022, on March 20, 2022 at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training center in Dhaka, Bangladesh. TL22 is a bilateral exercise sponsored by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and hosted by the Bangladesh Armed Forces, strengthening Bangladesh defense readiness, building operational interoperability, and reinforcing partnership between the Bangladesh Armed Forces and the Oregon National Guard. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Aaron Perkins, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

Common goals strengthen Michigan National Guard-Latvia-Liberia relationship
March 29, 2022
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general, Michigan National Guard, left, with Armed Forces of Liberia Maj. Gen. Prince C. Johnson III, AFL’s chief of staff; and Latvian National Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Imants Ziedins, LNAF’s deputy chief of defense, in Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 9, 2022. The Michigan Guard is partners with Liberia and Latvia under the State Partnership Program.

Guard incorporates women, peace and security initiatives
March 28, 2022
Army 1st Sgt. Marissa Lowe, left, the senior human resources noncommissioned officer with the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade, talks with a female Djiboutian officer during a State Partnership Program planning conference at Kempinski Palace, Djibouti City, Djibouti, March 8, 2022.

Florida Guard exchanges expertise with Guyana Defense Force
March 25, 2022
Guyana Defense Force (GDF) personnel and Florida Army National Guard Soldiers with B/2-54th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) assess security tactics during a knowledge exchange at Base Camp Stephenson, Guyana, March 22, 2022. Guyana and the Florida Guard have been partners under the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program since 2003.

Washington Guard, Thailand celebrate 20-year partnership
March 23, 2022
Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, commander of the Washington Air National Guard, with members of the Kingdom of Thailand military in Thailand March 1, 2022. The Washington Guard and Thailand have been partners under the State Partnership Program for 20 years.

OKNG visits Azerbaijan as part of State Partnership Program
March 21, 2022
Members of the Oklahoma National Guard and the Azerbaijan Peacekeeping Brigade gather for a group photo at the conclusion of a joint partnership strategic planning and unit training management event March 3, 2022, in Baku, Azerbaijan. This is the beginning of a doctrinal training plan the Oklahoma National Guard is preparing for the Azerbaijan Peacekeeping Brigade intended to cover military decision making processes.

Ukraine-California ties show worth of National Guard program
March 21, 2022
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, adjutant general of the California National Guard, left, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, and California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis visit the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Air National Guard Base, California, Sept. 2, 2021. The California National Guard and Ukraine State Partnership Program was established in 1993 through the Department of Defense to develop and strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine.

Swamp Fox maintenance hosts Bulgarian air force officers
March 18, 2022
Staff Sgt. Michael Fisher, aircraft structural maintenance craftsman with the 169th Maintenance Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, demonstrates an industrial tube bender to Bulgarian air force officers at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina March 5, 2022. Bulgaria, a NATO partner and partner with the Tennessee National Guard under the State Partnership Program, is scheduled to receive F-16 fighter jets. South Carolina assisted with the SPP engagement by hosting maintenance officers from the Bulgarian air force.

Nebraska Guard shares NCO leadership in Rwanda SPP exchange
March 17, 2022
Members of the Nebraska National Guard and Rwanda Defence Force during an NCO training exchange in Gabiro, Rwanda, Feb. 9, 2022. The State Partnership Program is administered by the National Guard Bureau and supports theater commanders' security cooperation objectives.

National Guard members compete to be ‘Best Warrior’
March 9, 2022
Pfc. Mario Delahoya, a member of 45th Field Artillery Brigade, Oklahoma Army National Guard, climbs a rope during the obstacle course event of the Best Warrior Competition at Camp Gruber Training Center, Oklahoma, March 5, 2022. The annual three-day event brought together Soldiers to test their proficiency in a variety of warrior tasks and drills.

National Guard’s top general stresses individual, unit readiness
March 4, 2022
Mission Sustainment Team students use AN/PVS-31A binocular night-vision goggles during a field exercise in Oklahoma City Feb. 10, 2022. The students used the night vision devices to learn how to observe their surroundings and conceal their movement in the dark.

Airman brings Jiu-Jitsu skills to SPP partner Costa Rica
March 4, 2022
New Mexico National Guard Staff Sgt. Bradley Vallez took first place in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament. He used his non-lethal training to train police forces in Costa Rica, the New Mexico Guard's partner under the State Partnership Program.

Vermont National Guard hosts Austrian delegation
March 1, 2022
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Gagner, commander, Army Mountain Warfare School, 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Vermont National Guard, escorts an Austrian military delegation through the AMWS at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vermont, Feb. 14, 2022. Austria is scheduled to be Vermont’s newest state partner under the State Partnership Program.

Vermont Guard shares communication strategy with SPP partner
February 16, 2022
U.S. Army Capt. Mike Arcovitch, commander, and Sgt. Gloria Kamencik, public affairs specialist, 172nd Public Affairs Detachment, Vermont Army National Guard, lead a crisis communication workshop at the Army Home in Skopje, North Macedonia, Feb. 8-10, 2022. The Vermont National Guard and North Macedonia have been partners in the State Partnership Program since 1993.

Papua New Guinea military leaders visit Wisconsin Guard
February 15, 2022
Military leaders from Papua New Guinea speak with Wisconsin National Guard leaders from the 115th Fighter Wing Feb. 5, 2022, in Madison, Wis., during a historic first visit to Wisconsin through the State Partnership Program. The program links individual states with armed forces of partner nations  to forge lasting cooperation, friendship and mutually beneficial relationships.