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Sasseville: State Partnerships Vital to International Relationships
January 13, 2023
Air Force Lt. Gen. Marc Sasseville, vice chief, National Guard Bureau, addresses Defense Intelligence Agency defense attaches, Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2023.

Hokanson to Army Guard Leaders: Tell Our Story
January 13, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, addresses senior Guard leaders from across the country during the director of the Army National Guard’s Green Tab Commanders Conference at the National Guard Professional Education Center, Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Jan. 11, 2023. Hokanson emphasized the Guard is an integral part of the Defense Department’s National Defense Strategy.

Virginia National Guard Conducts CBRN Exchange in Tajikistan
January 13, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Rocky Mount-based 229th Chemical Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion. 329th Regional Support Group, conduct a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives exchange with the Committee of Emergency Services of the Republic of Tajikistan Dec. 5 - 9, 2022, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Team Approach Strengthens African Partner Medical Capabilities
January 11, 2023
Rwandan Armed Forces soldiers and U.S. Nebraska Air National Guard medical personnel load a simulated patient onto a gurney for a patient transfer exercise in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2022 as part of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership program.

Guard Continues Domestic, Global Missions in a Busy 2022
December 21, 2022
Spc. Megan Koszarek, an infantryman with the Alaska Army National Guard’s Avalanche Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, conducts a security sweep during a training exercise near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2022. The exercise's aim was to enhance the unit’s combat readiness and evaluate proficiency in an arctic environment.

Mississippi, Republic of Uzbekistan Celebrate 10-Year Partnership
December 21, 2022
Army Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard, showcases a traditional wood plate presented from Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov during a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Washington Dec. 12, 2022. The Guard and Uzbekistan celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their partnership under the Defense Department National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Vermont TAG meets with President of State Partner Senegal
December 16, 2022
President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal hosts Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, Washington, D.C., Dec. 12, 2022. Senegal and Vermont are partnered in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program.

West Virginia Guard Hosts Irregular Warfare Planning Conference
December 16, 2022
The West Virginia National Guard’s Ridge Runner Irregular Warfare program hosted an exercise planning conference at Camp Dawson Dec. 5-7, 2022, with representatives of U.S. Army special operations forces, psychological operations, civil affairs, U.S. Marine Corps Advisor Company A, and the Polish Territorial Defense Forces. The exercise is scheduled in June.

NH Guard, Salvadoran Cyber Teams Strengthen Partnership
December 14, 2022
Sgt. Adam Dorian Wong, a threat researcher with 136th Cybersecurity Unit, presents new topics of interest including artificial intelligence and vulnerability identification to the Salvadoran cybersecurity unit in San Salvador, El Salvador, Dec. 7, 2022. The new material was targeted toward the Salvadoran team’s goals and vision.

Wisconsin, Papua New Guinea Sign State Partnership Agreement
December 13, 2022
Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, and Maj. Gen. Mark Goina, chief of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, shake hands after signing a State Partnership Program agreement Dec. 2, 2022, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Lithuania’s Prime Minister Praises Pennsylvania Partnership
December 6, 2022
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, the adjutant general of Pennsylvania, welcomes the prime minister of Lithuania, Ingrida Šimonytė, to Fort Indiantown Gap to tour the base and learn more about the Pennsylvania National Guard’s partnership with the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

Guard’s Global Reach, Capabilities Support National Defense Strategy
December 5, 2022
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with a member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Grafenwoehr, Germany, June 12, 2022. Germany was Hokanson’s second stop on a five-nation trip to recognize and strengthen National Guard relationships with European allies and partners.

Oklahoma Guard, Azerbaijan Celebrate 20-year Partnership
December 2, 2022
Col. Gen. Karim Valiyeva, first deputy minister of defense and chief of the general staff of the Azerbaijan Army, presents a gift to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Nov. 30, 2022. Oklahoma National Guard leaders and a delegation from Azerbaijan met to celebrate their 20-year partnership under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Pennsylvania Partnerships Highlighted for Defense Attachés
November 18, 2022
Defense attachés Brig. Gen. Michael Shapland of New Zealand, Capt. Malick Ndiaye of Senegal, and Rear Adm. Axel Ristau of Germany fire at targets on a range simulator at Fort Indiantown Gap’s Training Support Center Nov. 16, 2022, during the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Fall 2022 Operations Orientation Program tour of Pennsylvania National Guard facilities.

Planners Shape Justified Accord 23 African Military Exercise
November 9, 2022
U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, meet with Kenyan Defence Force Soldiers to prepare for a bilateral exercise during Justified Accord, March 13, 2022. Exercise Justified Accord allows the United States and African partners to support peace and stability in the region.

Pennsylvania Guard Hosts Lithuanian Leaders for Cyber Talks
November 1, 2022
Margiris Abukevičius, Lithuanian vice minister of defense,  arrives at Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, with his adviser, Tadas Sakunas, and Embassy of Lithuania representatives Monika Koroliovienė, defense counselor, and Master Sgt. Valdas Kačerauskas, deputy defense attaché, to visit the 112th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, a subordinate unit of the 111th Attack Wing. The Lithuanian delegation was accompanied by Col. Donald O’Shell, director of staff, Pennsylvania Air National Guard; Lt. Col. Thomas Love, commander, 112th COS; Army National Guard Maj. Christine Pierce, cyber defense branch chief, Pennsylvania Army National Guard; and Capt. Nathaniel Curtis, State Partnership Program coordinator, PAANG, to discuss strategic planning, cyber defense and areas of future cooperation.

Arkansas Air Guardsmen Provide Medical Care in Guatemala
October 31, 2022
Senior Airman Tabari Matthews, 189th dental technician, assists Canadian Army Capt. Cleve Kim, dentist, in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, Oct. 28, 2022, during Continuing Promise 2022. Arkansas Air National Guard members worked alongside U.S. and foreign military forces, government officials and civilian personnel to provide medical care, improve interoperability, and develop enduring relationships.

South Carolina Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing is Mission Ready
October 28, 2022
Colombian Air Force KFIRs and the U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the South Carolina Air National Guard, 157th Fighter Squadron, fly in formation during Relampago VII, an exercise in Barranquilla, Colombia, Aug. 30, 2022. South Carolina is Colombia’s partner in the State Partnership Program.

New Jersey National Guard Partners with Republic of Cyprus
October 27, 2022
The New Jersey National Guard has been selected as the new state partner for the Republic of Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. New Jersey is also partners under the State Partnership Program with the Republic of Albania.

Indiana Guard, Nigerien Medics Bond Over Lifesaving Skills
October 20, 2022
The Indiana National Guard state partnership medical team spent more than two weeks in Niamey, Niger, in September instructing the Niger armed forces’ first combat medic team in tactical combat casualty care and behavioral health. Indiana and Niger have been State Partnership Program partners since 2017.