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  • Hawaii National Guard, Philippines Strengthen Partnership

    CAMP AGUINALDO, Philippines - The Hawaii National Guard and Armed Forces of the Philippines strengthened their partnership during the 2025 Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board standing committee meeting in Quezon City March 6-7.This bilateral gathering, steered by high-level military

  • Hokanson Announces new State Partnership Program Nations

    WASHINGTON – A program that pairs the National Guard in the states and territories with foreign allies and partners is set to grow by several nations this year, the National Guard’s top officer announced March 7.Finland, Palau, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Sweden and Tanzania will be added to the

  • South Carolina National Guard Hosts Colombia Defense Chief

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina National Guard hosted Colombian military leaders from Feb. 28 to March 1 during two State Partnership Program events.The three-day visit by Gen. Helder Giraldo, Colombia’s chief of defense, and Colombian military officers was part of a State Partnership Program

  • West Virginia National Guard, Gabon Announce State Partnership

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner to the nation of Gabon in central Africa for the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program, Gov. Jim Justice announced March 6. Gabon is the 19th African nation to join with a U.S.

  • Indiana National Guard Partner Slovakia Receives F-16s

    INDIANAPOLIS - One of the Indiana National Guard’s state partners, Slovakia, received two F-16s during a ceremony in South Carolina Feb. 29 attended by Maj. Gen. Dale Lyles, Indiana’s adjutant general.The fighter jets, also known as Fighting Falcons, aim to bolster Slovakia’s defense capability,

  • Minnesota Guard, Norway Train Together

    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. - Camp Ripley Training Center hosted the 51st annual Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard Rapid Reaction Force and the Home Defense Youth Feb. 1-12.“Whatever force you train with, whether it’s inside of our own

  • State Partnership Directors Share Tips on Adriatic Partnerships

    ATLANTIC CITY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.J. - State Partnership Program directors of the state National Guards partnered with the Adriatic charter nations shared best practices during a conference hosted by the New Jersey National Guard at the National Aerospace Research and Technology Park Jan.

  • North Dakota National Guard Celebrates 20-year Ghana Partnership

    ACCRA, Ghana – The North Dakota National Guard celebrated its 20-year partnership with Ghana in the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program Feb. 22.The partnership, the third-oldest in Africa, began in 2004 and has included over 200 activities.Guard members who attended

  • Mongolian Colonel Visits Arctic Security Center, Alaska Partners

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Col. T. Galbadrakh, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Mongolian Armed Forces, visited the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies Feb. 14 in a step toward increased international security cooperation.Galbadrakh’s visit marked a milestone in

  • Virginia Airmen Conduct Engineer Exchange in Tajikistan

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan – Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, 192nd Wing, conducted an engineer exchange with Republic of Tajikistan military and law enforcement personnel Jan. 22-26.The exchange in Tajikistan