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State Partnership Program Adds 3 New Partner Nations in Africa
May 17, 2023
U.S. Army and Air Force medical professionals with the Vermont National Guard are working for the next two weeks at the Thies Regional Hospital, and two smaller medical centers in and around Thies, Senegal.

Pennsylvania Guard, Lithuania Conduct Partnership Exchange
May 16, 2023
A soldier from Lithuania's Uhlan Battalion guides a Vilkas infantry fighting vehicle during a visit by Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, May 4, 2023, in Alytus, Lithuania.

New York Army Guard Leaders Plan August Exercise with Brazil
May 12, 2023
New York National Guard 1st Sgt. Amanda Eldred, assigned to the 466 Medical Company, Area Support, reviews a medical bag with Brazilian Army Soldiers during a planning conference for Operation Parana in Foz do Iguazu, Brazil, May 3, 2023. The joint training event in August involves international participation to strengthen partnerships and improve interoperability in the event of a natural disaster in South America.

Vermont National Guard Engineers Train with North Macedonia
May 9, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, visited with soldiers from North Macedonia training at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, Vermont, April 25, 2023. The North Macedonia soldiers come from engineering units and the Krivolak Training Area in Macedonia.

Austrian Ambassador Hosts Vermont Delegation at Investment Summit
May 8, 2023
Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. Petra Schneebauer, center, hosted, from left, Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, Vermont adjutant general; U.S. Ambassador to Austria Victoria Kennedy; Vermont Secretary of Commerce Lindsay Kurrle and Austrian Defense Attache Maj. Gen. Norbert Huber during the SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, May 3, 2023.

Latvia Honors Michigan Guard Partnership with Postage Stamp
May 8, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, Lt. Gen. Leonīds Kalniņš, Latvian chief of defense, and Mārcis Vilcāns, chairman of the board for Latvia Post, perform a stamp canceling ceremony May 3, 2023, in Riga, Latvia, at an event honoring the 30th anniversary of Latvia’s defense cooperation with the Michigan National Guard under the State Partnership Program. The SPP has been instrumental in developing Latvia's defense capabilities

Iowa, Minnesota Guardsmen Win Regional Best Warrior Title
May 8, 2023
Competitors begin the 12-mile ruck march at the Region IV Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Newton Falls, Ohio, May 7, 2023. Guard members from Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois competed in land navigation, marksmanship, weapons skills, medical and radio skills and an appearance board, among other events.

New York, New Jersey Officer Candidates Train with Albanian Counterparts
May 4, 2023
New York and New Jersey Army National Guard officer candidates and Albanian officer cadets listen during a mission briefing on April 12, 2023, near Rrogozhine-Kryevidh, Albania. The officer candidates participated in two weeks of training with Albanian officer cadets April 10-24 as part of a State Partnership Program exchange.

National Guard Leaders Urge Leveraging Enlisted Force in SPP
May 1, 2023
Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, the SEA to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, provides opening remarks on leveraging enlisted force in the State Partnership Program during the annual SPP conference in Denver April 18, 2023. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the National Guard-led program, which has 88 partnerships in 100 nations.

Arizona Guard, Partner Kazakhstan Compete to be Best Warrior
May 1, 2023
Arizona National Guard members and two soldiers from the Republic of Kazakhstan after completing the mystery event during the Arizona Best Warrior Competition in Florence, Arizona, April 25, 2023.

Gold Star Family Member is Nevada Army Guard Soldier of Year
April 28, 2023
Nevada Army Guard Spc. Jake Evans next to a medical evacuation UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter during a break in training April 17, 2023, in Reno, Nev. Evans is the 2023 Nevada Army Guard Soldier of the Year and is set to travel to Hawaii to represent Nevada in the Region VII Best Warrior contest.

Air Guard Leaders Visit Fallen Malaysian Officer’s Family
April 27, 2023
Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, commander of the Washington Air National Guard, with the family of the late Col. Hasnol Hisham Abu Hassan, Royal Malaysian Air Force, during a visit to Washington April 25, 2023 ,at Camp Murray, Wash.

Kentucky Guardsmen Awarded New State Ribbon for State Partnership Program
April 25, 2023
Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were the first to receive a new state ribbon recognizing service with the State Partnership Program in a ceremony at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Kentucky, April 13, 2023. The new ribbon, the Kentucky State Partnership Program Ribbon, was created to honor Soldiers and Airmen who enhance military-to-military relationships in subject matter expert engagement with one of Kentucky’s partner nations, Ecuador and Djibouti.

Guard Names State Partnership Program Partnerships of the Year
April 25, 2023
Left to right, Ambassador Dennis Hankins, foreign policy advisor to the National Guard Bureau; Maj. Gen. William Zana, director of Strategic Plans and Policy and International Affairs for NGB; Lt. Col. Christopher Markesino from the Oregon National Guard; Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, SEA to the chief, National Guard Bureau; and Col. Scott Humphrey, chief of the National Guard Bureau International Affairs Division, during an awards presentation at the annual State Partnership Program conference April 20, 2023.

Hokanson: State Partnership Program Stable, Steadfast and Growing
April 21, 2023
Lt. Gen. Bashkim Jashari, commander of the Kosovo Security Force, is briefed on unit operations by the commander of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard, during a tour of training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, May 19, 2022. Approximately 15 KSF troops embedded with companies in the 1-133rd Infantry during a two-week annual training exercise.

North Dakota Army Guard Partners with Togo, Benin to Counter IEDs
April 20, 2023
Staff Sgt. Alex Radi, 817th Engineer Company (Sapper), assists Benin Soldiers conducting a counter-IED mission in Ouassa, Benin, Feb. 16, 2023. The North Dakota National Guard Soldier worked with the Benin Soldiers to plan a practical exercise that incorporated counter-IED mission planning during mounted and dismounted patrols.

Lithuanian Partners Complete U.S. Army Flight Course
April 17, 2023
Lithuania air force Capt. Matas Leckas and Capt. Valius Urbonas became the first Lithuanian pilots to graduate from the UH-60M Aviator Qualification Course at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence during a ceremony at Fort Novosel, Alabama, April 4, 2023.

Washington Guard, Royal Thai Army Aviators Share Expertise
April 13, 2023
Lt. Col. Ben Gering and Staff Sgt. Rose Barton, 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation, Washington National Guard, inspect the nose section of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with the Royal Thai Army Maintenance Platoon March 21, 2023, in Lop Buri, Kingdom of Thailand.

Kentucky National Guard, SPP Partner Ecuador Conduct Seminar
April 10, 2023
Members of the Kentucky National Guard participated in a senior enlisted leader seminar with members of the Ecuadorian Armed Forces March 20-24, 2023, in Quito, Ecuador. Participants exchanged best-practices on noncommissioned officer competencies, capabilities and leadership responsibilities.

Croatia, Canada Join Minnesota Best Warrior Competition
April 6, 2023
Twenty Minnesota National Guard, four Croatian, and three Canadian Soldiers competed in Minnesota’s Best Warrior Competition March 29– April 1, 2023, at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minnesota. The annual competition tests the military skills, physical strength and endurance of the top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers.