State Partnership Program Archive

  • Story by Maj. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs DJIBOUTI CITY, DJIBOUTI – Kentucky National Guard senior leadership travelled overseas in June to help celebrate Djibouti’s 40th independence day anniversary and to recognize two years of partnership between the organizations. To view all photos from this trip, Please visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyngpao/albums OR scroll to the bottom for the links to each engagement. Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams III, Kentucky National Guard’s Land Component commander, and State Command Sgt. Major David Munden visited Djibouti June 23-28 to participate in several military to military engagements and help honor the country during the annual […]

    Kentucky celebrates two year state partnership with Djibouti

    Story by Maj. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs DJIBOUTI CITY, DJIBOUTI – Kentucky National Guard senior leadership travelled overseas in June to help celebrate Djibouti’s 40th independence day anniversary and to recognize two years of partnership between the organizations. To view all photos from this trip, Please visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/kyngpao/albums OR scroll to the bottom for the links to each engagement. Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams III, Kentucky National Guard’s Land Component commander, and State Command Sgt. Major David Munden visited Djibouti June 23-28 to participate in several military to military engagements and help honor the country during the annual […]

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  • By Capt. Aaron VanSickle, Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Program FRANKFORT, Ky. — As the Kentucky National Guard closed out its annual training season and prepared for a new fiscal year, its State Partnership Program kicked into gear with three military exchanges. Kentucky Soldiers played host to members of Djibouti’s military Aug. 16-24 for a tour of military operations in the commonwealth. The field artillery Soldiers visited the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in the field at Fort Knox, Kentucky for a live-fire exercise. Djibouti recently acquired the M-109 howitzer and is looking to develop an artillery program of instruction […]

    State partnerships thriving for Kentucky Guard

    By Capt. Aaron VanSickle, Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Program FRANKFORT, Ky. — As the Kentucky National Guard closed out its annual training season and prepared for a new fiscal year, its State Partnership Program kicked into gear with three military exchanges. Kentucky Soldiers played host to members of Djibouti’s military Aug. 16-24 for a tour of military operations in the commonwealth. The field artillery Soldiers visited the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in the field at Fort Knox, Kentucky for a live-fire exercise. Djibouti recently acquired the M-109 howitzer and is looking to develop an artillery program of instruction […]

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  • By Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard hosted several members of Djibouti’s military and government cabinets, Sept. 13-20, as part of the Kentucky Guard’s State Partnership with Djibouti. Civilian members of the Djiboutian delegation included the Honorable Tom Kelly, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, the President of the National Assembly, Mr. Muhamed Ali Houmed, Djiboutian ministers of health, foreign affairs, chambers of commerce, and the University of Djibouti. The military delegates included chiefs of defense, Air Force, logistics, military education and materiel. This was the first Djiboutian partnership event in Kentucky since […]

    Kentucky plays host to Djibouti delegation

    By Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard hosted several members of Djibouti’s military and government cabinets, Sept. 13-20, as part of the Kentucky Guard’s State Partnership with Djibouti. Civilian members of the Djiboutian delegation included the Honorable Tom Kelly, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, the President of the National Assembly, Mr. Muhamed Ali Houmed, Djiboutian ministers of health, foreign affairs, chambers of commerce, and the University of Djibouti. The military delegates included chiefs of defense, Air Force, logistics, military education and materiel. This was the first Djiboutian partnership event in Kentucky since […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI — For 22 years, the National Guard has partnered with the armed forces of allied countries to build and strengthen military, political, economic and societal relationships. In a historic first for East Africa, Representatives from the Kentucky National Guard (KNG) and the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) ratified a state partnership agreement in a signing ceremony held at the Kempinski Hotel in Djibouti City, June 2, 2015. “Ten African countries already benefit from this program and we are honored to be the eleventh African […]

    Djibouti, Kentucky National Guard sign historic partnership agreement for East Africa

    Story by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI — For 22 years, the National Guard has partnered with the armed forces of allied countries to build and strengthen military, political, economic and societal relationships. In a historic first for East Africa, Representatives from the Kentucky National Guard (KNG) and the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) ratified a state partnership agreement in a signing ceremony held at the Kempinski Hotel in Djibouti City, June 2, 2015. “Ten African countries already benefit from this program and we are honored to be the eleventh African […]

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  • Story by Allison Crawford, WKMS – Murray State University The Kentucky National Guard is beginning a new partnership with Djibouti to support defense security cooperation goals. The National Guard State Partnership Program works to develop military and civilian relationships with a variety of state partners. Spokesman Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht said this could include training and assistance with things like security, emergency management and building schools. The partnership includes personnel exchanges between the two countries.  But Hilbrecht said it’s about more than just skills and training. “It is a true cultural exchange. And for them to really get a great […]

    Kentucky Guard begins new partnership with Djibouti

    Story by Allison Crawford, WKMS – Murray State University The Kentucky National Guard is beginning a new partnership with Djibouti to support defense security cooperation goals. The National Guard State Partnership Program works to develop military and civilian relationships with a variety of state partners. Spokesman Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht said this could include training and assistance with things like security, emergency management and building schools. The partnership includes personnel exchanges between the two countries.  But Hilbrecht said it’s about more than just skills and training. “It is a true cultural exchange. And for them to really get a great […]

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  • Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — The National Guard’s State Partnership Program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. For 17 of those years, the Kentucky National Guard and the South American country of Ecuador have grown a mutually beneficial relationship of training and cooperation. While the partnership has seen its livelier days, the Soldiers and Airmen of both countries continue to find common ground in their fields. Several members of the Ecuadorian military visited Frankfort and Richmond, Ky. in December as part of a maintenance-training program, in a fresh sign of the association, […]

    Wheels still turning for Kentucky, Ecuador relationship

    Story by Staff Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs RICHMOND, Ky. — The National Guard’s State Partnership Program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. For 17 of those years, the Kentucky National Guard and the South American country of Ecuador have grown a mutually beneficial relationship of training and cooperation. While the partnership has seen its livelier days, the Soldiers and Airmen of both countries continue to find common ground in their fields. Several members of the Ecuadorian military visited Frankfort and Richmond, Ky. in December as part of a maintenance-training program, in a fresh sign of the association, […]

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  • Story and photos provided by Maj. Shawn Keller, Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Director SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Geography doesn’t often make the list of favorite subjects in school, but most people in the United States are familiar with Costa Rica.   About the size of West Virginia, this small Central American country has a big reputation as the world leader in eco-tourism; and as a major exporter of produce and coffee to the U.S., it’s hard to walk down the produce aisle or into your local Starbucks without noticing bananas, pineapples or java bearing the “Costa Rica” label.  But […]

    Kentucky’s State Partnership Program: Costa Rica offers authentic backdrop to language immersion training

    Story and photos provided by Maj. Shawn Keller, Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Director SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Geography doesn’t often make the list of favorite subjects in school, but most people in the United States are familiar with Costa Rica.   About the size of West Virginia, this small Central American country has a big reputation as the world leader in eco-tourism; and as a major exporter of produce and coffee to the U.S., it’s hard to walk down the produce aisle or into your local Starbucks without noticing bananas, pineapples or java bearing the “Costa Rica” label.  But […]

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  • Escrito por: Sub-Oficial Segundo Phil Speck, Asuntos Públicos de la Escuadrilla de Puente de Vuelo 123 KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cinco miembros de la Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana visitaron la Base de la Guardia Nacional Aérea de Kentucky a mediados de febrero para observar las operaciones del C-130 y participar en un Intercambio de Expertos en la materia. El evento fue centrado en operaciones y seguridad de aeronaves, con la meta compartida de mejorar la eficacia operativa del programa de C-130 Ecuatoriana, dijo Mayor Shawn Keller, director del Programa de Asociación Estatal de la Guardia Nacional de […]

    Miembros de la Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana visitan Guardia Aérea de Kentucky

    Escrito por: Sub-Oficial Segundo Phil Speck, Asuntos Públicos de la Escuadrilla de Puente de Vuelo 123 KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cinco miembros de la Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana visitaron la Base de la Guardia Nacional Aérea de Kentucky a mediados de febrero para observar las operaciones del C-130 y participar en un Intercambio de Expertos en la materia. El evento fue centrado en operaciones y seguridad de aeronaves, con la meta compartida de mejorar la eficacia operativa del programa de C-130 Ecuatoriana, dijo Mayor Shawn Keller, director del Programa de Asociación Estatal de la Guardia Nacional de […]

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  • By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five members of the Ecuador Air Force visited the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in mid-February to observe C-130 operations and participate in a weeklong Subject Matter Expert Exchange. The event focused on aircraft operations and safety, with the shared goal of enhancing the overall operational effectiveness of Ecuador’s C-130 program, said Maj. Shawn Keller, director the Kentucky National Guard’s State Partnership Program. All the visitors were experienced aircrew members, with a mix of pilots and flight engineers participating in the event. […]

    Ecuador Air Force members visit Kentucky Air Guard

    By Master Sgt. Phil Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five members of the Ecuador Air Force visited the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in mid-February to observe C-130 operations and participate in a weeklong Subject Matter Expert Exchange. The event focused on aircraft operations and safety, with the shared goal of enhancing the overall operational effectiveness of Ecuador’s C-130 program, said Maj. Shawn Keller, director the Kentucky National Guard’s State Partnership Program. All the visitors were experienced aircrew members, with a mix of pilots and flight engineers participating in the event. […]

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  • Check out www.Kentuckyguard.com next week for the full story on the Ecuadorian Air Force visit to Kentucky!

    TEASER: Next week’s story, Ecuadorian Air Force visits the Kentucky Air Guard

    Check out www.Kentuckyguard.com next week for the full story on the Ecuadorian Air Force visit to Kentucky!

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