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  • Massachusetts Guard Delivers Firefighting Equipment to Paraguay

    ASUNCION, Paraguay – A delegation led by Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, Massachusetts adjutant general, delivered critical firefighting gear to Paraguay, the Massachusetts National Guard’s partner in the State Partnership Program, on May 16. Massachusetts fire departments contributed 1,000 sets of

  • West Virginia Air National Guard Joins Peruvian Exercise

    LIMA, Peru - West Virginia Air National Guard members participated in a week-long humanitarian assistance and disaster response exercise in Peru May 7-12.The exercise, Cooperacion IX, was led by the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces. SICOFAA unites air forces of the Western

  • Vermont National Guard Welcomes Senegalese Recruit

    SOUTH BURLINGTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Vt. – The Vermont Air National Guard officially welcomed Libass Mbengue into its ranks during an enlistment ceremony May 18.Mbengue moved to Milton in 2018 from Senegal and will enter operations management in the 158th Civil Engineer Squadron.“I’ve always

  • Washington Guard, Thailand Reinforce Partnership Bond

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - For more than 20 years, the Washington National Guard has watched its partnership with the Kingdom of Thailand grow and mature through countless conversations, exchanges and training opportunities.“These things don’t just happen; they take time,” said Lt. Col. Keith Kosik,

  • State Partnership Program Adds 3 New Partner Nations in Africa

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program has added three new partner nations on the African continent, bringing the total number of partnerships in the 30th year of the program to 100. Gabon, Malawi and Zambia join the existing 17 African nations in the

  • Austrian Ambassador Hosts Vermont Delegation at Investment Summit

    COLCHESTER, Vt. - Austrian Ambassador to the United States Petra Schneebauer hosted U.S. partners, including U.S. Ambassador to Austria Victoria Kennedy; Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, adjutant general of Vermont; and Vermont Secretary of Commerce Lindsay Kurrle at the SelectUSA Investment Summit at

  • Latvia Honors Michigan Guard Partnership with Postage Stamp

    RIGA, Latvia - A national postage stamp was unveiled May 3 by Latvia Post, honoring the 30th anniversary of Latvia’s defense cooperation with the Michigan National Guard under the State Partnership Program.The stamp, which features the image of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, was unveiled during

  • National Guard Leaders Urge Leveraging Enlisted Force in SPP

    DENVER - The National Guard Bureau hosted its annual State Partnership Program Conference April 17-21, welcoming Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Joanne Bass, senior enlisted leaders from Air Force major commands, combatant commands and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency to participate in a

  • Arizona Guard, Partner Kazakhstan Compete to be Best Warrior

    PHOENIX - Early mornings, long days and late nights were all part of the grueling three-day experience of over 30 Arizona National Guard members and Republic of Kazakhstan soldiers who competed to be Arizona’s 2023 Best Warrior at the end of April.Held annually in states nationwide, the Best Warrior

  • Air Guard Leaders Visit Fallen Malaysian Officer’s Family

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - While visiting Camp Murray in November 2021, Royal Malaysian Air Force Col. Hasnol Hisham Abu Hassan died after a medical emergency. His sudden death shocked his friends and family, especially his wife, who jumped on a plane and flew to a foreign place to lay her husband to