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  • Virginia National Guard Formalizes Partnership with Finland

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner to the nation of Finland for the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced May 2.The official signing ceremony occurred at the Finnish Ministry of Defense in

  • Finnish Air Force Commander Meets Virginia Guard Leaders

    HAMPTON, Va. - Maj. Gen. Juha-Pekka Keränen, commander of the Finnish Air Force, met with Virginia National Guard leaders April 8 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis.Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, the adjutant general of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Catherine M. Jumper, commander of the Virginia Air National Guard, and

  • In Finland, Hokanson Sees a Country’s Cold Will to Defend Itself

    HELSINKI, Finland – The National Guard’s top officer recently visited Finland as part of a larger Northern European itinerary to strengthen the Guard’s security cooperation ties in the region.The Guard has worked with Finland for more than 20 years. The framework for an even deeper partnership is

  • Finnish Pilots Visit the Virginia Air National Guard

    JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. - Finnish Air Force pilots toured the 192nd Wing, Virginia Air National Guard, with pilots from the 149th Fighter Squadron May 16.The Virginia National Guard and Finnish Defence Forces have partnered for over 20 years since they deployed together in 2001-2002 as

  • In Finland, Guard Leaders Look to Enhance Already Strong Ties

    HELSINKI, Finland – The National Guard’s most senior general met with Finland’s defense leadership and observed military training during a three-day stop last week.“I was honored to learn more about Finland’s defense forces and their concept of comprehensive security,” said Army Gen. Daniel