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  • Maryland National Guard, state partners renew SPP ties

    COLUMBUS, Ga. – The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Maryland National Guard from working with its partners Estonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina for more than a year as travel restrictions and other precautions paused all in-person State Partnership Program events."By April [2020], all things had stopped in both directions," said U.S. Army Maj. Harrison
  • Michigan, Latvia strengthen partnership in virtual workshop

    LANSING, Mich. – 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 during a virtual military storytelling workshop March 15-19.More than 40 people participated in the event, designed to build on a series
  • Michigan National Guard think tank boosts Latvian partnership

    LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard opened the Kelly Johnson Joint All-Domain Innovation Center at Selfridge Air National Guard Base near Detroit in September to help military planners find innovative solutions to diverse and complex problems affecting the warfighter.Since January, a KJJADIC innovation working group has collaborated with
  • Guam, Hawaii share COVID best practices with the Philippines

    HONOLULU – The Guam and Hawaii National Guard participated in a virtual subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) on COVID-19 with the Armed Forces of the Philippines as part of the Guard's State Partnership Program. Normally during a table-top planning scenario in a SMEE, planners respond to a theoretical or historical scenario. Instead, over the
  • Maryland National Guard A-10 crews train with Estonian JTACs

    MIDDLE RIVER, Md. – Maryland Air National Guard A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots from the 104th Fighter Squadron conducted close air support training with joint terminal attack controllers from their state partner country of Estonia the first two weeks of December. The training event in New Jersey and Maryland was led by an Oklahoma Air National Guard
  • National Guard partners with Czech Republic on COVID-19 response

    LINCOLN, Neb. – Members of the Nebraska and Texas National Guard traveled to the Czech Republic in November at the request of the Czech Republican Ministry of Health to share best practices on fighting COVID-19.The Guard team of physicians, medical administrators, planners and logisticians helped implement best practices and set up field hospitals
  • Michigan Guard, Latvia reaffirm relationship during pandemic

    LANSING, Mich. – The Latvian National Armed Forces and the Michigan National Guard have developed a relationship stretching back nearly three decades through the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program. One of the great traditions of this cooperation is the celebration of Latvia's national Independence Day, observed each year on Nov. 18.
  • N.Y. Senior Airman graduates from jungle warfare school

    MANAUS, Brazil – When Senior Airman Caleb Lapinel showed up at Brazil’s Jungle Warfare Training School in September, he met special forces soldiers from Spain, Egypt and Indonesia; paratroopers from Paraguay; amphibious infantrymen from Nigeria, and a Kaibil special operator from Guatemala whose motto is: “ If I advance follow me, if I stop urge me
  • Wyoming National Guard hosts Tunisian Air Force in SPP event

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming National Guard hosted an Aviation Familiarization (FAM) with the Tunisian Air Force Sept. 13-25 as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program (SPP).The Wyoming Guard and Tunisia have been partners since 2004. This event is the first time in nine months they have been able to get together for a subject matter
  • WVANG hosts inaugural air-to-air staff talks with Peru

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Senior leaders from the West Virginia Air National Guard hosted an inaugural air-to-air staff talk with representatives from the Peruvian Air Force, U.S. Embassy Lima, and Air Forces Southern at the Clay Center for the Performing Arts and Sciences Sept. 23-25.The workshop brought together key personnel from 12th Air Force (Air
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