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Sierra Leone to Partner with Michigan National Guard, Liberia
May 16, 2024
The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) is joining the State Partnership Program as an additional member of the existing partnership between the Michigan National Guard and the Armed Forces of Liberia.

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.

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.

‘During Soviet Occupations, Latvia Has Felt All the Consequences’
July 18, 2023
Military personnel from the Latvian National Armed Forces work side-by-side with U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Battery C, 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery Regiment, Wisconsin Army National Guard, while conducting close air support training during Northern Strike 22-1 (“Winter Strike”) at the National All-Domain Warfighting Center, Grayling, Mich., Jan. 27, 2022.

Michigan Airmen Practice Combat Turns in Latvia
June 21, 2023
A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 127th Wing, Michigan National Guard, departs Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, June 14, 2023. More than 30 Michigan Air National Guard members from the 127th Wing are training in Latvia as part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program, giving them a twofold opportunity to practice launching and receiving A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from austere sites and to work with Latvian counterparts.

Michigan Guard Brings HIMARS Capability to Swift Response 23
May 31, 2023
U.S. Army crew with the 1-182nd Field Artillery Regiment Michigan National Guard, fire a rocket with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System into the Baltic Sea at Skede, Latvia, May 13, 2023. The Soldiers participated in a live fire event in support of the Defender 23 exercise to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO allies and partners.

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

Michigan National Guard, Latvia Celebrate Partnership
July 18, 2022
Left to right, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Lawrence Schloegl, assistant adjutant general-Army, Latvian Ambassador Māris Selga, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, and Defense Attaché Maj. Gen. Andis Dilāns tour the 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment aircraft facility, Grand Ledge Armory, Michigan, July 1, 2022. For nearly 30 years, the Michigan National Guard and the National Armed Forces of Latvia have partnered under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Three Nations, One Goal: Continued Freedom
June 24, 2022
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with multinational troops supporting a NATO mission, Ādaži Military Base, Latvia, June 16, 2022.

Michigan Guard Conducts Public Affairs Workshop With Latvia, Liberia
May 12, 2022
Staff Sgt. Jacob Cessna attends the Trilateral Public Affairs workshop from his home in Lansing, Michigan, April 6, 2022. More than 25 public affairs specialists from the Michigan National Guard, Latvian National Armed Forces, and the Armed Forces of Liberia teamed up April 12-22 to hold a virtual storytelling workshop under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Hokanson: State Partnership Program critical to national security
April 12, 2022
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Lane, director of operations for the 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, speaks to doctors with the Azerbaijan Operational Capabilities Concept Battalion about aeromedical evacuation roles during a medical knowledge exchange event in Oklahoma City March 30, 2022. The knowledge exchange involved the participation and support of Guardsmen with both the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard in support of the State Partnership Program.

Common goals strengthen Michigan National Guard-Latvia-Liberia relationship
March 29, 2022
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general, Michigan National Guard, left, with Armed Forces of Liberia Maj. Gen. Prince C. Johnson III, AFL’s chief of staff; and Latvian National Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Imants Ziedins, LNAF’s deputy chief of defense, in Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 9, 2022. The Michigan Guard is partners with Liberia and Latvia under the State Partnership Program.

Latvia-Michigan SPP partnership on display at Winter Strike
January 28, 2022
Military personnel from the Latvian National Armed Forces prepare to conduct close air support training during Northern Strike 22-1 at the National All-Domain Warfighting Center, Grayling, Mich., Jan. 27, 2022. Latvia trains with the Michigan National Guard under the State Partnership Program.

Michigan Guard trains 1st Latvian UH-60 Black Hawk maintainer
December 16, 2021
U.S. Army Sgt. Zach Hollman, UH-60 crew chief, Company B, 147th Aviation Regiment, Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG), and Latvian Air Force Capt. Raimonds Lugēņins inspect landing gear on a Black Hawk Dec. 1, 2021, at Grand Ledge, Mich. The MIARNG is providing training for the first Latvian UH-60 maintainer after the country purchased four Black Hawk helicopters.

Michigan National Guard, Latvia strengthen partnership
June 15, 2021
Latvian National Armed Forces Col. Ilze Žilde sits in a UH60 Black Hawk aircrew trainer assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment, General Support Aviation Battalion, Michigan Army National Guard, at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Grand Ledge, Michigan, May 25, 2021. Leaders of the Latvian military toured Michigan National Guard facilities as part of the State Partnership Program.

Michigan, Latvia strengthen partnership in virtual workshop
April 2, 2021
The Michigan National Guard and Latvia strengthened their partnership under the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program with a virtual workshop March 15-19, 2021. U.S. military public affairs professionals from Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington joined with counterparts from the Republic of Latvia to sharpen their skills as media content creators.

Michigan National Guard think tank boosts Latvian partnership
March 17, 2021
Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from the Latvian National Armed Forces conduct close air support training with U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., at Grayling Aerial Gunnery Range in Waters, Mich., October 29, 2019. Michigan and Latvia have been linked under the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program since 1993.

Michigan Guard, Latvia reaffirm relationship during pandemic
November 25, 2020
Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from the Latvian National Armed Forces conduct close air support training with U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., at Grayling Aerial Gunnery Range in Waters, Mich., October 29, 2019. Michigan and Latvia have been linked under the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program since 1993.

Michigan-Latvia partnership overcomes COVID-19 challenges
July 30, 2020
A team of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) from the Latvian National Armed Forces, look over the terrain while conducting close air support training during Northern Strike 20 at Camp Grayling, part of the National All-Domain Warfighting Center in Northern Michigan during Northern Strike 20, July 28, 2020.