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State Partnership Program in Latin America and the Caribbean

The U.S. National Guard's State Partnership Program (SPP) has been successfully building relationships with partner nation forces since 1993.  Through SPP, the National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements to support defense and security cooperation around the world.  In SOUTHCOM's Area of Responsibility, 18 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have active partnerships with defense and security forces from 24 nations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

U.S. Army dentists Lt. Col. Eric Unkenholz, Col. Murray Thompson, and Maj. Kevin Donlin and Staff Sgt. Samantha Wempe, dental technician, all with the South Dakota National Guard, perform dental work and tooth extractions on adults and children in Albina, Suriname, April 10, 2019. A SDARNG medical/dental team partnered with Suriname military and civilian medical personnel to assist with ongoing efforts of improving systemic and oral health in the region.
West Virginia Army National Guard state command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Dusty Jones, discusses the role of the command sergeant major in the United States Army for members of the Peruvian senior enlisted corps March 25, 2019, in Lima, Peru.
New York National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Raymond Shields, talks with Brazilian Army General Gerson Menandro Garcia De Freitas, before a state partnership signing, on the USS Intrepid, Manhattan, N.Y., March 14, 2019. The State Partnership between the NYNG and Brazil is a National Guard joint security cooperation program executed by the state adjutants general in support of combatant commanders and U.S. chiefs of mission to help achieve security cooperation objectives and Department of Defense policy goals.
Chilean Air Force Maj. F. Marin, a C-130 pilot with the N10 Squadron, lines up the lenses on night vision goggles July 24, 2018, at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. Marin visited the wing as part of the State Partnership Program, which forges mutually beneficial partnerships with some of the 136th Airlift Wing’s staunchest allies and partners worldwide.
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Gabriel Howard, a cyber transport specialist assigned to the 157th Communications Flight, New Hampshire Air National Guard, discusses organizational structure with soldiers and civilians from La Fuerza Armada de El Salvador as it relates to managing cyber security and cyber defense systems, San Salvador, El Salvador, Sept. 25, 2018. Howard is part of a small National Guard team that is sharing best practices with the Salvadoran Army as part of the ongoing partnership between New Hampshire and El Salvador under the National Guard State Partnership Program. (N.H. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Puksta, the executive officer assigned to New Hampshire Army National Guard Detachment 1, 136th Cyber Security Company, 126th Cyber Protection Battalion, 91st Cyber Brigade, explains to El Salvador Navy Lt. Cmdr. Erick Mangandi, a naval engineer, how cyber security personnel should be assigned and aligned based on the cyber threat, Sal Salvador, El Salvador, Sept. 26, 2018. The exchange of information is part of the on going National Guard State Partnership program. (N.H. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)
Sgt. Maj. Boris Bolaños, senior enlisted advisor to the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, speaks to a crowd of Peruvian Army soldiers Sept. 10, 2018 in Lima, Peru. U.S. service members from the WVNG and U.S. Army South worked with the Peruvian Army to facilitate training for non-commissioned officer development, professionalism, ethical behavior, physical fitness, and gender integration for more than 500 PERAR soldiers during a week-long engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Holli Nelson)
Members of the West Virginia National Guard and U.S. Army South pose for a photo with the leadership from the Peruvian Army, Air Force and Navy Sept. 10, 2018 in Lima, Peru. U.S. service members from the WVNG and U.S. Army South worked with the Peruvian Army to facilitate training for non-commissioned officer development, professionalism, ethical behavior, physical fitness, and gender integration for more than 500 PERAR soldiers during a week-long engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Holli Nelson)
Sgt. Lyndsay Monaco, Not In My Squad (NIMS) workshop facilitator and Brigade S-1 NCO for the National Ground Intelligence Center, conducts physical readiness training with female soldiers of the Peruvian Army Sept. 10, 2018, in Lima, Peru. U.S. service members from the WVNG and U.S. Army South worked with the Peruvian Army to facilitate training for non-commissioned officer development, professionalism, ethical behavior, physical fitness, and gender integration for more than 500 PERAR soldiers during a week-long engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Holli Nelson)
Republic of Colombia Army Judge Advocates meet with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr., The Adjutant General for South Carolina National Guard, the JAGs are visiting South Carolina to collaborate on ideas during the transformation of the Colombian military justice systems, Columbia, S.C., Aug. 29, 2018. The Colombian Military and the South Carolina National Guard have collaborated through the State Partnership Program since 2012.  Through the SPP, National Guard and partner countries conduct engagements in support of defense security goals in cooperative, mutually beneficial relationships. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jorge Intriago)

State Partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean

U.S. National Guard-supported state partnerships in the region date back to 1996. U.S. National Guard troops conducted dozens of state partnership events with counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean every year. Here's a list of the current partnerships in the region and the years they were established:

State Partnership Activity Focus Areas

  • Security (border, port and aviation)

  • Disaster preparedness and crisis management

  • Humanitarian assistance

  • Maintenance (aircraft, vehicles, vessels)

  • Medical

  • Logistics

  • Engineering

  • Communications

  • Operational planning

  • Professional development (leadership, officer, non-commissioned officer)    

  • Personnel and family support
 

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