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U.S. Army Office of the Program Manager OPM), Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) Modernization Program

What is it?
OPM-SANG is a US Army Military and Civilian Advisor Team assigned to Saudi Arabia to provide advice and assistance in modernizing the SANG. The program is fully funded by the Saudi Arabian government thru foreign military sales cases executed by U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) and Army Material Command (AMC). OPM-SANG is headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and is organized into four advisor Divisions- Maneuver, Support and Sustainment, Health Affairs, and Technical Affairs (Construction)-and a support staff-G1, G2/G3, G6, Finance, Contracting, Installation Management, Linguistics, Security and Acquisition Management.

What has the Army done?
Since 1973 the Army has maintained and enhanced the special relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States thru the OPM-SANG Program. Specifically, the Army and OPM assisted the SANG in modernizing from a small infantry and cavalry force to a force of 11 brigades, capable of land combat operations. The cumulative program value exceeds $15 Billion.

Today, OPM-SANG personnel are directly involved with all aspects of the SANG's force expansion and help develop a full spectrum force by advising SANG personnel at all levels from the battalion, to brigade, to the national headquarters.

Program activities and initiatives focus on the organization, training, operations and sustainment of a modern, land-based force. The program is organized along four lines of effort: Training, Advising, Procuring (major systems acquisition), and Construction (military construction, hospitals, and ranges).

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
A further expansion to add two light armored vehicle brigades is currently in the works. New equipment acquisition, training, and fielding will build an Objective Force of 12 combat brigades and an enhanced internal security capability.

Other important modernization tasks include: fielding a SANG aviation capability; increasing field medical capabilities; automating SANG logistics supply and personnel systems; improving command and control; and major construction and modernization projects for their facilities.

Why is this important to the Army?
Soldiers and Civilians serve as 'advisor-diplomats' while assigned to OPM-SANG. They help maintain an important strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia and an important presence in the region. The Nation and the Army benefit from the strong ties with Saudi Arabia and the important military to military relationships in the US Central Command Area of Operations and the Middle East.

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