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STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, February 27 2012

Today's Focus:

National Guard State Partnership Program: Global Engagements

Senior Leaders are Saying

Professionalism is built on a bedrock of trust -- the positive relationship between the American people that is based on mutual trust and respect. Only by military effectiveness performed through honorable service, by an Army with high levels of trustworthiness and esprit de corps, can the Army truly be a profession.

- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III in a bloggers roundtable on the Army Profession, Feb. 23, 2012.

Chandler cites renewed emphasis on professionalism

What They're Saying

I do wish my brain worked the same way as it did before, but this is not an obstacle that I can't overcome. There have been a lot of life lessons that were learned but if all I gave for this country is my concentration, memory problems, hearing and scars, I'm doing pretty good.

- Staff Sgt. Brian Wayland, diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and multiple facial and body injuries due to fragments from the IED while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 with Oklahoma Army National Guard, shows positive attitude towards his injuries.

Injured medic rejoins Soldier she treated

A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

National Guard State Partnership Program: Global Engagements

What is it?

The National Guard's State Partnership Program (SPP) is an innovative joint security cooperation program, managed by the National Guard Bureau. The SPP is executed by the State Adjutants General in support of Combatant Commander Security Cooperation (SC) objectives under authorities provided by the Department of Defense and Congress.

Created in 1993, after the break-up of the former Soviet Union, the SPP initiates high-impact, low-cost security cooperation engagements with partner countries aimed at establishing enduring relationships. SPP activities include disaster response, border and port security, leadership and NCO development, medical capacity, and peacekeeping.

The SPP currently participates in 63 partnerships linked to 48 states, 3 territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and Virgin Islands), and the District of Columbia. This includes partnerships in U.S. European Command, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Northern Command.

What has the National Guard done?

Some SPP accomplishments include:
- The Michigan National Guard recently became a partner with Liberia and sent a detachment of 21 Soldiers on a 12-month engagement to Liberia to advise the Liberian military as it recovers from civil war.
- The New Jersey National Guard assists Albania with that country's counter narcotic efforts.
- The Washington National Guard, working with Thailand, concentrates on skills in port security, fire fighting, search and rescue, and command and control.
- The Illinois National Guard, working with Poland, sent a team of advisors to deploy with the Polish Mechanized Brigade as part of NATO's ISAF Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams and Police Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams with the Afghan army and police.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Partner countries embrace hands-on events, unit exchanges, and engagements as well as working with partner states during actual operations. Recent emphasis has been with the AFRICOM and SOUTHCOM.

Why is this important to the Army Guard?

The SPP enables the National Guard to further define and fulfill its collective role in supporting the combatant command's security cooperation goals and objectives as well as providing a superb training venue for our National Guard in a Joint Integrated Interagency Multinational environment. In addition, SPP reduces the pressure on U.S. forces worldwide and integrates the NG capabilities into Joint and Army implementation of security cooperation objectives.

Resources:

Army National Guard

National Guard State Partnership Program

State Partnership Programs - News Archives

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