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107th Attack Wing Hosts Brazil for Space Development Workshop
December 18, 2023
Delegates from the Brazilian Navy and Air Force brave the winter weather at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Dec. 6, 2023. Representatives spent the week learning from 222nd Command and Control Squadron members how to enhance and develop space operations.

Oregon Guard Helps Vietnam with Trauma Care Requirements
December 11, 2023
Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Chris Webb demonstrates airway management skills during an International Trauma Life Support course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in February 2023. The Oregon National Guard and Vietnam are partners through the State Partnership Program.

Arkansas Air Guard Medics Provide Free Medical Care in Guatemala
December 5, 2023
Arkansas National Guardsmen from the 188th Wing at Ebbing Air National Guard base in Fort Smith and the 189th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville departed Dec. 1 for a seven-day mission providing free medical care in Guatemala City.

New York Guardsmen Conclude Southern Vanguard 24 in Brazil
December 4, 2023
U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers stand at attention during a promotion ceremony in Macapa, Brazil, Nov. 16, 2023. Forty-four New York National Guard Soldiers working alongside active-duty Army and Brazilian Army Soldiers conducted three weeks of training in Northern Brazil Nov. 1-16.

USEUCOM, Austrian Defense Leaders Explore Expanded Cooperation
December 1, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, second from right, U.S. European Command deputy commander; and Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes, third from left, civilian deputy and foreign policy advisor to U.S. European Command; host Arnold Kammel, center, secretary general of the Austrian Ministry of Defense, and members of Kammel’s staff at the command’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, Nov. 30, 2023. The meeting was aimed at identifying areas for future military cooperation and builds on a the State Partnership Program relationship between Austria and the Vermont National Guard.

New York National Guard, Brazil Army Train Together
November 16, 2023
U.S. and Brazilian Army field artillery Soldiers pose for photo in Ferreira Gomes, Brazil, Nov. 12, 2023. The two State Partnership Program partners trained together during exercise Southern Vanguard 24 to enhance interoperability and shared capabilities.

State Partnership Program NCO Honored for International Efforts
November 15, 2023
Nevada Air Guard Tech. Sgt. Hannah Kasner works the security detail safeguarding Air Force One while it was in Reno, Nevada, in 2020. Kasner was honored by the College of Southern Nevada in October 2023 for her work linking the college and Fiji National University under the State Partnership Program.

Michigan Airmen Conduct Airworthiness Assessments in Africa
November 13, 2023
Maj. Jacob Stommen and Maj. Craig Warn, 217th Air Component Operations Squadron maintenance officers, Michigan Air National Guard, speak to a Nigerian Air Force member Sept. 5, 2023, in Nigeria during an airworthiness assessment.

National Guard Joins Air Force African Senior Enlisted Leader Summit
November 13, 2023
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa command chief, speaks at the first Air Force African Senior Enlisted Leader Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Nov. 7, 2023. The three-day summit was hosted by U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa and Côte d'Ivoire air force senior enlisted leaders.

New York National Guard Medics Attend Brazilian Jungle Course
November 6, 2023
New York National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Brian Pasquale, combat medic assigned to the 466th Medical Company Area Support, discusses creating a modified shotgun shell with a Brazilian Army jungle trainer at the night portion of the jungle familiarization and academics portion of Southern Vanguard 24 in Belem, Brazil, Nov. 4, 2023. Southern Vanguard, an annual bilateral exercise that rotates between partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility, enhances interoperability between the United States and partner nation forces.

Kansas National Guard, Armenia Strengthen Partnership
October 31, 2023
Members of the 35th Infantry Division’s operations section met with the Armenian National Defense Research University, Ministry of Defense general staff, and students of the Vazgen Sargsyan Military Academy students as part of the Kansas Army National Guard State Partnership Program September 1-16.

Ohio’s 123rd Air Control Squadron Trains with NATO Allies
October 26, 2023
Airmen assigned to the 123rd Air Control Squadron in Blue Ash, Ohio, pose alongside service members from NATO nations Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary. Eight service members from the NATO allies trained in Ohio Sept. 11-22.

Kosovo President Visits Iowa National Guard Partners
October 26, 2023
Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani is greeted by Maj. Gen. Stephen Osborn, the adjutant general of Iowa, at Des Moines International Airport Oct. 24, 2023. Osmani met Iowa National Guard leaders, toured Camp Dodge in Johnston and spoke at a formal reception at the Iowa State Capitol.

Nevada Guardsman Plays Key Partnership Role in South Pacific
October 26, 2023
Nevada Guard Maj. David Paxton, center, meets with Pacific Island officials during a State Partnership Program exchange. Paxton has been the Nevada Guard's bilateral affairs officer for nearly two years and helps coordinate and oversee international State Partnership Program exchanges between the Nevada National Guard and Fiji and Tonga.

New York Army Guard Heads to Brazil for Southern Vanguard 24
October 25, 2023
U.S. and Colombian Army Soldiers stand in formation during the closing ceremony of Exercise Southern Vanguard 23 at Tolemaida Military Base, Colombia, Nov. 16, 2022. This year, 48 New York Army National Guard Soldiers will participate in the exercise, which is being held in Brazil.

Hawaii Army Guard Leads Exchange with Filipino Partners
October 25, 2023
Hawaii Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Clayton Perreira, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 183rd Aviation Regiment commander, conducts a standardization subject matter expert exchange with the Philippine Air Force at Brigadier General Benito N. Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines, Sept. 27, 2023.

In Finland, Hokanson Sees a Country’s Cold Will to Defend Itself
October 19, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, and Lt. Gen. Vesa Virtanen, chief of Defense Command, Finnish Defense Forces, meet with Col. Mika Rytkonen, commander of Finland’s South-Eastern Border Guard District, near Vaalimaa, Finland, Oct. 13, 2023. Hokanson visited Finland to enhance bilateral ties between the National Guard and Finland.

Maryland Air Guard, Estonian Partners Focus on Cyber Defense
October 18, 2023
The Maryland Air National Guard partnered with Estonia’s Cyber Command to host exercise Baltic Blitz 23 Sept. 17-20, 2023, at Ämari Air Base, Harijumaa, Estonia. About 30 Airmen from the 175th Wing, two soldiers from the Illinois Army National Guard, 12 service members from Poland, and 30 Estonians participated in the cyber exercise.

Weapons School Produces Guard Leaders in Growing Space Domain
October 17, 2023
Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Colon, pictured here as a technical sergeant with the Florida Air National Guard’s 114th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron, poses in front of space-based equipment at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, June 29, 2022. Colon is the first enlisted Airman in the Air National Guard to graduate from the Space Warfighter Advanced Instructor Course at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School in Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Army Guard Leaders Emphasize Modernization, Partnerships, Messaging
October 17, 2023
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen leads a panel, “Director of the U.S. Army National Guard Seminar: The Next Greatest Generation is Now!” with four Army National Guard general officers Oct. 10, 2023, at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington.