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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.

Virginia Guard, Tajikistan Police Train on Marksmanship
October 16, 2023
Three Virginia National Guard Soldiers participate in a marksmanship exchange with female members of the Tajik National Police Sept. 5-9, 2023, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Virginia Guard and Tajikistan have been partners for 20 years under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Army Command Works to Engage With African Partners
October 12, 2023
Army Maj. Gen. Todd Wasmund, commander of U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa, and Ghana’s military leadership share a lighthearted moment following the culminating exercise at African Lion 2023 near Daboya, Ghana, June 13, 2023.

148th Fighter Wing EOD Flight Hosts Validation Course
October 11, 2023
Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from across the Air National Guard, Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Navy and Wisconsin National Guard state partners from Papua New Guinea conduct lodged projectile training at Camp Ripley Training Center, Minnesota, Sept. 21, 2023. The Advanced EOD Conventional Course provided experience, validation and confidence in using EOD tools and procedures.

Washington Guard Joins Exercise with Partners in Malaysia
October 11, 2023
Lt. Col. Khadidja Harrell, a flight surgeon with the 194th Medical Group, poses for a photo with her Malaysian counterpart during the Indo-Pacific Military Health Exchange Sept. 26-29, 2023, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The multilateral military event focused on global health interoperability.

New York Army, Air Guardsmen Compete in South African Event
October 10, 2023
New York National Guard Staff Sgt. Quian Han gets marksmanship advice from a South African Army Senior warrant officer during the South African National Defence Force Military Skills Competition in Potchefstroom, South Africa, Sept.12, 2023. The week-long competition involved rifle and pistol marksmanship, a 5-mile run, grenade throwing, and a land/water obstacle course.

Vermont Guard Partner North Macedonia Hosts Adriatic Conference
October 5, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, listens to a speaker during the 26th U.S.-Adriatic Charter Chiefs of Defense Conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sept. 27, 2023. The conference included Balkan region military leaders, representatives, and their National Guard state partners.

Iowa Guard, Kosovo Partners Train in HAZMAT Exercise
October 5, 2023
Members of the Kosovo Security Force Hazardous Materials Company discover clues that lead to a planted, homemade explosive device in a training scenario in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 21, 2023. The KSF worked with the 71st Civil Support Team, Iowa National Guard — their partners in the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Tennessee Guard, Bulgaria Celebrate 30-Year Partnership
October 4, 2023
Brig. Gen. Warner Ross, Tennessee’s adjutant general, presents Lt. Gen. Tsanko Stoykov, Bulgaria’s deputy chief of defense, with a plaque marking the 30-year partnership between the Tennessee National Guard and the Bulgarian Armed Forces in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sept. 28, 2023.

Arizona National Guard, Oman Strengthen Partnership
October 2, 2023
Maj. Gen. Kerry L. Muehlenbeck, adjutant general of Arizona, and director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, walks with the Sultanate of Oman’s Vice Admiral Abdullah Al Raisi, chief of staff of the Sultan’s Royal Forces, and other military officials during a tour of Goldwater Air National Guard Base in Phoenix Sept. 25, 2023. The Sultanate of Oman and Arizona became partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program last year.

Senate Recognizes 30-year State Partnership Program
September 28, 2023
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Lindsey Graham, Senate National Guard Caucus co-chairs, present Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, with a formal copy of Senate Resolution 308 to recognize the historic significance of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2023. The State Partnership Program was established in 1993 to assist countries emerging from behind the Iron Curtain. It now includes 88 partnerships with 100 nations and the National Guard of every state, territory and the District of Columbia.

Vermont National Guard Delegation Visits North Macedonia
September 27, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, and North Macedonia Lt. Gen. Vasko Gjurchinovski, chief of the general staff, Army of the Republic of North Macedonia, pose with Vermont and North Macedonia delegates outside the Ministry of Defense in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sept. 25, 2023.

Kansas Guard, Armenian Partner Complete Eagle Partner Exercise
September 25, 2023
Soldiers from the Kansas National Guard and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force Mountain, hold a closing ceremony for Eagle Partner 2023 Sept. 20, 2023, in Armenia. The exercise between U.S. Army Europe and Africa and Armenian forces aimed to fortify the alliance with Armenia while bolstering interoperability and readiness via specialized peacekeeping operations training.

Air Guard Director, Command Chief Visit Enduring Partners 2023
September 22, 2023
Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, director, Air National Guard, views the refueling of U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles and Royal Thai Air Force F-16 Vipers from the boom pod alongside Senior Airman Eric Porter, 116th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, near Korat Air Base, Royal Kingdom of Thailand, for Enduring Partners 2023, Sept. 19, 2023. The general and his staff visited to see the State Partnership Program engagement between the Kingdom of Thailand, the Washington and Oregon Air National Guard.

Maryland Guard, Estonian Partners Focus on Cyber Defense
September 21, 2023
The Maryland Air National Guard partnered with Estonia’s Cyber Command to host exercise Baltic Blitz 23 from Sept. 17-20, 2023, at Ämari Air Base, Harijumaa, Estonia. About 30 Airmen from the 175th Wing, two Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers, 12 service members from Poland, and 30 Estonians participated in the exercise to secure simulated rail transportation systems from cyber attacks.

North Carolina Guard Joins Exercise Rapid Trident in Moldova
September 21, 2023
North Carolina National Guard Capt. Ken Vilagos instructs Moldovan soldiers assigned to the 2nd Motorized Infantry Brigade during Exercise Fire Shield 23 at Bulboaca Training Center, Moldova, Sept. 13, 2023. The annual exercise between North Carolina and Moldova focuses on developing artillery and fire support capabilities.

Maryland Guard Teaches Ambush Tactics to Estonian Partners
September 21, 2023
Solders from the Maryland Army National Guard's 175th Infantry Regiment conduct ambush section training for members of the Estonian Defence League, in Rutja, Lääne-Viru County, Estonia, Sept. 18, 2023. The 18 Maryland Soldiers trained over 2,000 EDL members over three days.

Hokanson: Panama a Global Crossroads, Key Security Cooperation Partner
September 19, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, left, chief, National Guard Bureau, meets with Panama Minister of Public Security Juan Manuel Pino Forero at the Ministry of Public Security, Panama City, Panama, Aug. 28, 2023. Panama and the Missouri National Guard have been paired in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program since 1996.

Hawaii Airman to serve as Bilateral Affairs Officer in the Philippines
September 18, 2023
.S. Air Force Maj. Stephen Brightman, Bilateral Affairs Officer, conducts an engagement during exercise Cope Thunder 23-2, Clark Air Base, Philippines Jul 7, 2023.