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Building Partnerships Around the Globe

State Partnership Program

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The National Guard is "Always Ready, Always There," responding to disasters and other events at home, and ensuring the more than 453,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland and provide combat ready resources to the Army and Air Force. Guardsmen also play a key role around the globe, partnering with nearly half the world's nations to advance peace and security.

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The Defense Department's State Partnership Program is managed and administered by the National Guard Bureau. The program links a state's National Guard with a partner nation's military, security forces and disaster response organizations in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.

What began with 13 partnerships in 1993 has grown to:

  • 87 partnerships
  • 95 nations participating as of October 2022
  • An average of two new partnerships each year
Army Spc. Noah Bierman fist bumps a member of the Kosovo Security Force after completing a wedge formation live-fire exercise at Camp Atterbury, Ind., May 19, 2022.

The innovative, cost-effective, flexible, small-footprint State Partnership Program:

  • Supports combatant commands, U.S. embassies and partner nation objectives
  • Builds defense capability and capacity
  • Improves interoperability and enhances U.S. access and influence
  • Increases readiness of U.S. and partner forces to meet emerging challenges
  • Fosters enduring personal and institutional relationships
Indiana National Guard Capt. Jennifer Nevers meets Nigerien Armed Forces Lt. Col. Aichatou Ousmane Issaka in Niamey, Niger, Sept. 13, 2021.

State Partnership Program Activities

Tailored approach examples:

  • Senior leader engagements
  • Subject matter expert exchanges
  • Familiarization visits
  • Cooperative training and exercises
  • Co-deployments

Focus area examples:

  • Disaster and emergency response
  • Leader, staff, officer and noncommissioned officer development
  • Aviation operations, maintenance and safety
  • Cyber defense and communications security
  • Infantry tactics
  • Engineer activities
  • Counterterrorism
  • Military medical
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95 Partner Nations

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87 Partnerships

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54 States and Territories

The National Guards of all 54 states and territories participate in the State Partnership Program, some partnering with more than one country. Select a state on the map to reveal its partner nations or choose by combatant command.

Southcom (241)
Argentina GA 2016
Belize LA 1996
Bolivia* MS 1999
Brazil NY 2018
Chile TX 2008
Colombia SC 2012
Costa Rica NM 2006
Dominican Republic PR 2003
Ecuador KY 1996
El Salvador NH 2000
Guatemala AR 2002
Guyana FL 2003
Haiti LA 2011
Honduras PR 1998
Jamaica DC 1999
Nicaragua WI 2003
Panama MO 1996
Paraguay MA 2001
Peru WV 1996
Regional Security System FL/VI 2006
Suriname SD 2006
Trinidad and Tobago DE 2004
Uruguay CT 2000
Venezuela* FL 1998

1Regional Security System (RSS) listed as one partnership, but the RSS comprises seven member nations: 1 - Antigua and Barbuda, 2 - Barbados, 3 - Dominica, 4 - Grenada, 5 - Saint Kitts and Nevis, 6 - Saint Lucia, 7 - Saint Vincent and Grenadines.

*dormant relationship

Centcom (9)
Egypt TX 2020
Jordan CO 2004
Kazakhstan AZ 1993
Kyrgyzstan MT 1996
Oman AZ 2022
Qatar WV 2018
Tajikistan VA 2003
Turkmenistan MT 2021
Uzbekistan MS 2012
Northcom (1)
Bahamas RI 2005
Indopacom (132)
Bangladesh OR 2008
Cambodia* ID 2008
Indonesia HI 2006
Malaysia WA 2017
Mongolia AK 2003
Nepal UT 2019
Papua New Guinea WI 2020
Philippines GU/HI 2000
Sri Lanka / Maldives MT 2020/21
Thailand WA 2002
Timor-Leste RI 2020
Tonga / Fiji NV 2014/18
Vietnam OR 2012

2Two partnerships include two partner nations: Tonga and Fiji (with Nevada) and Sri Lanka and the Maldives (with Montana).

*dormant relationship

Africom (16)
Benin ND 2014
Botswana NC 2008
Burkina Faso DC 2018
Cabo Verde NH 2021
Djibouti KY 2015
Ghana ND 2004
Kenya MA 2015
Liberia MI 2009
Morocco UT 2003
Niger IN 2017
Nigeria CA 2006
Rwanda NE 2019
Senegal VT 2008
South Africa NY 2003
Togo ND 2014
Tunisia WY 2004
Eucom (24)
Albania NJ 2001
Armenia KS 2002
Austria VT 2021
Azerbaijan OK 2002
Bosnia Herzegovina MD 2003
Bulgaria TN 1993
Croatia MN 1996
Cyprus NJ 2022
Czech Republic TX/NE 1993
Estonia MD 1993
Georgia GA 1994
Hungary OH 1993
Kosovo IA 2011
Latvia MI 1993
Lithuania PA 1993
Moldova NC 1996
Montenegro ME 2006
North Macedonia VT 1993
Poland IL 1993
Romania AL 1993
Serbia OH 2005
Slovakia IN 1993
Slovenia CO 1993
Ukraine CA 1993
Alabama
Romania 1993
Alaska
Mongolia 2003
Arizona
Oman 2022
Kazakhstan 1993
Arkansas
Guatemala 2002
California
Nigeria 2006
Ukraine 1993
Colorado
Jordan 2004
Slovenia 1993
Connecticut
Jordan 2004
Slovenia 1993
Delaware
Trinidad and Tobago 2004
Florida
Guyana 2003
Regional Security System* *Relationship shared with Virgin Islands 2006
Venezuela** **dormant relationship 1998
Georgia
Argentina 2016
Georgia* *Relationship shared with Virgin Islands 1994
Guam
Philippines* *Relationship shared with Hawaii 2000
Hawaii
Indonesia 2006
Philippines* *Relationship shared with Guam 2000
Idaho
Cambodia* *dormant relationship 2008
Illinois
Poland 1993
Indiana
Niger 2017
Slovakia 1993
Iowa
Kosovo 2011
Kansas
Armenia 2002
Kentucky
Djibouti 2015
Louisiana
Belize 1996
Haiti 2011
Maine
Montenegro 2006
Maryland
Bosnia Herzegovina 2003
Estonia 1993
District of Columbia
Burkina Faso 2018
Jamaica 1999
Massachusetts
Kenya 2015
Paraguay 2001
Michigan
Liberia 2009
Latvia 1993
Minnesota
Croatia 1996
Mississippi
Bolivia* *dormant relationship 1999
Uzbekistan 2012
Missouri
Panama 1996
Montana
Kyrgyzstan 1996
Sri Lanka / Maldives 2020/2021
Turkmenistan 2021
Nebraska
Czech Republic* *Relationship shared with Texas 1993
Rwanda 2019
Nevada
Tonga / Fiji 2014/2018
New Hampshire
Cabo Verde 2021
El Salvador 2000
New Jersey
Cyprus 2022
Albania 2001
New Mexico
Costa Rica 2006
New York
Brazil 2018
South Africa 2003
North Carolina
Botswana 2008
Moldova 1996
North Dakota
Benin 2014
Ghana 2004
Togo 2014
Ohio
Hungary 1993
Serbia 2005
Oklahoma
Azerbaijan 2002
Oregon
Bangladesh 2008
Vietnam 2012
Pennsylvania
Lithuania 1993
Puerto Rico
Dominican Republic 2003
Rhode Island
Bahamas 2005
Timor-Leste 2020
South Carolina
Colombia 2012
South Dakota
Suriname 2006
Tennessee
Bulgaria 1993
Texas
Chile 2008
Czech Republic* *Relationship shared with Nebraska 1993
Egypt 2020
Utah
Morocco 2006
Nepal 2019
Vermont
Austria 2021
North Macedonia 1993
Senegal 2008
Virgin Islands
Regional Security System 2006
Virginia
Tajikistan 2003
Washington
Malaysia 2017
Thailand 2002
West Virginia
Peru 1996
Qatar 2018
Wisconsin
Nicaragua 2003
Papa New Guinea 2020
Wyoming
Tunisia 2004
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"It allows our soldiers and airmen to really visit a lot of other countries, to look at the environment that they operate in, and to really see, in many cases, the same problems — just approached from a different angle. We learn a lot in those countries and in those interactions that we bring back to make our organizations better, and I like to think vice versa."

Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson Chief, National Guard Bureau | May 9, 2022

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