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NJ gunnery range hosts State Partnership JTAC training
December 10, 2020
A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, from the 104th Fighter Squadron of the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, flies over the Warren Grove Gunnery Range, in Warren Grove, N.J., on Dec. 3, 2020. Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from Estonia and the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, Oklahoma Air National Guard, conducted close air support training under the State Partnership Program.

Guam, Hawaii share COVID best practices with the Philippines
December 10, 2020
Lt. Col. James Faumuina, 154th Medical Group, Detachment 1 commander and 1st Lt Gloria Choo, international health specialist, State Partnership Program, talk during a virtual COVID-19 subject matter expert exchange between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Guam and Hawaii National Guard, Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec 1, 2020.

National Guard advises Czech Republic on COVID-19 response
December 7, 2020
Czech Republic Ministry of Defense Jan Havranek thanks Texas National Guard Joint Surgeon Army Col. Peter Coldwell and the medical information exchange team from the Texas and Nebraska National Guard at the Czech Republic Ministry of Defense in Prague for the State Partnership Program medical support, Nov. 23, 2020. Czech commemorative coins were given to each member as a token of appreciation.

Michigan Guard, Latvia reaffirm relationship during pandemic
November 25, 2020
Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from the Latvian National Armed Forces conduct close air support training with U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., at Grayling Aerial Gunnery Range in Waters, Mich., October 29, 2019. Michigan and Latvia have been linked under the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program since 1993.

WVNG joins SPP partner Qatar in virtual exercise
November 23, 2020
Members of the West Virginia National Guard recently participated in a virtual seminar with members of the Qatari Emiri Land Forces (QELF) as a part of the Eastern Action joint operations staff exercise between elements of the Qatari military and the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Operation Spartan Shield and Task Force Spartan. Since 2018, the WVNG has worked closely with Qatar as part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.

N.Y. Senior Airman graduates from jungle warfare school
November 19, 2020
New York Air National Guard Senior Airman Caleb Lapinel trains on tactical swimming in a Brazilian river in October 2020 while attending the  international course conducted annually by the Brazil Jungle Warfare Center, known as CIGS for its Portugese initials. Lapinel was the only American in the class of 10.

VT Guard hosts trauma care training with North Macedonia
November 9, 2020
Lt. Col. Sarah Davis, clinical nurse assigned to the 158th Medical Group, Vermont Air National Guard, conducts training at the Vermont Air National Guard base, South Burlington, Vt., Nov. 7, 2020. In September, Vermont Guardsmen hosted a virtual trauma training with North Macedonia, its partner under the State Partnership Program.

New York National Guard, Brazil share COVID-19 experiences
October 2, 2020
Maj. Amy Crounse, New York National Guard State Partnership Program officer, begins a videoconference with representatives from Brazil to discuss how the two sides responded to COVID-19, New York National Guard Headquarters, Latham, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2020. The New York Guard and Brazil's military work together under the State Partnership Program.

Wyoming National Guard hosts Tunisian Air Force in SPP event
October 1, 2020
Members from the Tunisian Air Force and Wyoming National Guard in front of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at the Army Aviation Support Facility on F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 16, 2020. The Tunisians attended the Aviation Familiarization Event hosted by the Wyoming National Guard under the State Partnership Program. =

WVANG hosts inaugural air-to-air staff talks with Peru
September 29, 2020
Staff Sgt. Adam Landers, a member of the Army Interagency Training & Education Center (AITEC), talks about AITEC’s mission with members of the West Virginia National Guard’s (WVNG) State Partnership Program counterparts from Peru Sept. 24, 2020, at the WVNG’s Joint Force Headquarters, Charleston, W.Va. The West Virginia/Peru SPP was formalized in 1996 and has generated more than 120 interactions between the forces.

112th COS, Lithuania adapt with 1st remote SPP exercise
September 25, 2020
Members of the 112th Cyberspace Operations Squadron at Horsham Air Guard Station conduct a training exercise on Sept. 23, 2020, during a week-long remote cybersecurity exercise in Peraskie, Pennsylvania. Exercise Amber Mist, which normally takes place in Lithuania, was conducted remotely for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kansas, Armenian military leaders join in SPP exchange
September 23, 2020
The command team from 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, including Lt. Col. Rodney Seaba, battalion commander, center left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Purdham, battalion command sergeant major, center right, joined Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Bailey, International Affairs Operations noncommissioned officer, left, and Maj. Marci Solander, Kansas National Guard State Partnership Program director, right, in a virtual SPP exchange Sept. 8-10 with students attending the Senior Leaders Course in the Republic of Armenia. The course was conducted at the Armenian Ministry of Defense’s National Defense Research University, the Armenian equivalent of the U.S. Army War College.

NY Guardsman prepares for Brazilian jungle warfare course
September 22, 2020
Senior Airman Caleb Lapinel of the 109th Airlift Wing will represent the New York National Guard and the United States at the Brazilian Army Center for Jungle Warfare instruction course in Manaus, Brazil, beginning Sept. 26, 2020.

US, Malaysia conduct virtual Airman-to-Airman talks
September 18, 2020
Royal Malaysian air force Maj. Gen. Mohd Shahada bin Ismail, assistant chief of staff for operation and strategy department at RMAF Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur, delivers closing remarks during a virtual Airman-to-Airman talks engagement Sept. 14, 2020. The Malaysian military is a partner with the Washington National Guard under the Guard's State Partnership Program.

HING, Indonesia hold slimmed-down Gema Bhakti SPP exercise
September 16, 2020
Hawaii National Guard Soldiers and Airmen participate in Gema Bhakti 2020, a joint military operation planning exercise, via a virtual meeting space, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 26, 2020. Gema Bhakti is an annual military planning exercise with the Hawaii National Guard State Partnership Program, INDO-PACOM and the Indonesian Armed Forces. This years exercise was held in several locations scattered across the world in the last week in August 2020.

Noble Partner 20 multinational exercise begins
September 8, 2020
Georgian Defense Forces Col. Irodi Kadagishvili, deputy commander of East Command, and Georgia Army National Guard Col. Jason Fryman, U.S. exercise director of Noble Partner 20, participate in the opening ceremony at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Sept. 7, 2020. The Georgia National Guard and the country of Georgia have participated in the U.S. Army National Guard State Partnership Program for 26 years, ensuring interoperability, functionality, and regional stability.

W.Va. Guardsman graduates Arabic course in Qatar
September 3, 2020
Capt. Allen Paul Jordan, the West Virginia National Guard’s State Partnership Program – Qatar bilateral affairs officer, with Qatari Brig. Gen. Sultan Mohammed Sultan Al Shawani, multilingual school commander, following his completion of a three-week basic Arabic course offered at the Qatar Armed Forces Language Institute in Al Sheehaniya, Qatar.

Georgia National Guard to participate in Noble Partner 20
August 31, 2020
Members of the Georgia Army National Guard with the Monroe-based 178th Military Police Company stand in formation during the opening ceremony for Agile Spirit 19 at Vaziani Training Area on July 27, 2019. Participation in joint, multinational exercises like AgS19 enhances professional relationships and improves overall coordination with allies and partners during a crisis.

Texas National Guard, Egypt begin SPP relationship
August 27, 2020
Maj. Gen. Tracy R. Norris, the adjutant general of Texas, after the signing of a proclamation honoring the inception of the Texas National Guard's partnership with the Arab Republic of Egypt at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, Aug. 24, 2020. Norris was joined by Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs and Maj. Gen. Abdelraouf A. Moussa, the defense attache of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States.

Washington continues State Partnership Program virtually
August 21, 2020
Washington National Guard Maj. Jeff McDonald conducts a virtual exchange with personnel from the port of Laem Chabang, Thailand, Aug. 17, 2020, at the Joint Operations Center, Camp Murray, Wash. The Washington National Guard and Thailand are partners under the National Guard's State Partnership Program.