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South Carolina National Guard Hosts Colombia Defense Chief
March 7, 2024
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general for South Carolina, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Robin B. Stilwell, director of the Joint Staff of the South Carolina National Guard, and other National Guard leaders meet with Colombian military leaders in Columbia, South Carolina, Feb. 29, 2024. The event was part of a three-day State Partnership Program exchange.

South Carolina Guard Comes to Aid of Partner Colombia
February 14, 2024
The South Carolina National Guard helped its State Partnership Program partner, Colombia, respond to dozens of fires in the Bogota area in January 2024 by providing helicopter buckets used to drop water or retardant.

Florida Pilot’s Homecoming a Fitting end to Storied Career
August 8, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Schiller, chief of safety and F-15C Eagle pilot at the 125th Fighter Wing, with a photo of his biological mother and brother, both from Colombia, at the Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Fla., July 31, 2023. Schiller was adopted by a U.S. couple at a young age and eventually commissioned into the Air Force in 2003.

Georgia National Guard Builds Relationships in Colombia
November 14, 2022
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jose Hernandez, an explosive hazards advisor, with the Fort Benning-based, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 54th Security Force Assistance Brigade, 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Georgia Army National Guard, engages with Colombian Army soldiers during prior to training lanes at Exercise Southern Vanguard 23 at Tolemaida Military Base, Colombia, Nov. 12, 2022.

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.

South Carolina Air National Guard, Colombia Wrap Up Exercise
September 15, 2022
Airmen and F-16 fighter jets from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing and members of the Colombian Air Force pause for a photo Aug. 30, 2022, during the two-week Relampago VII exercise in Barranquilla, Colombia. South Carolina and Colombia are partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Swamp Fox maintenance hosts Bulgarian air force officers
March 18, 2022
Staff Sgt. Michael Fisher, aircraft structural maintenance craftsman with the 169th Maintenance Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, demonstrates an industrial tube bender to Bulgarian air force officers at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina March 5, 2022. Bulgaria, a NATO partner and partner with the Tennessee National Guard under the State Partnership Program, is scheduled to receive F-16 fighter jets. South Carolina assisted with the SPP engagement by hosting maintenance officers from the Bulgarian air force.

SCNG conducts 'Band-Aids not bullets diplomacy' in Colombia
September 9, 2021
South Carolina Air National Guard Maj. Sean Pitale, a doctor with the 169th Medical Group, examines a Colombian patient Sept. 4, 2021. SCNG medical personnel provided medical care to more than 300 people in the remote town of Tamana, Colombia, as part of exercises with its State Partnership Program partner Colombia Aug. 30 to Sept. 10, 2021.

Immigrant Guard member helps community at home and abroad
June 25, 2020
U.S. Army Spc. Juan Herrera, 142nd Area Support Medical Company combat medic, at the Veterans Memorial Armed Forces Reserve Center in Danbury, Connecticut, June 24, 2020. In addition to providing care to COVID-19 patients and distributing medical equipment in his role as a Connecticut National Guardsman, Herrera has delivered food to local families in need during the pandemic. Herrera has also helped 30 families in Colombia, his home country.

172nd Airlift Wing brings 90 Americans home
April 24, 2020
Americans onboard a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 172nd Airlift Wing, Mississippi Air National Guard, en route back to the United States. The aircrew returned 90 Americans from Panama and Bogota, Colombia, to Florida April 1-2, 2020.