Foreign officers visit the Kentucky National Guard headquarters

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Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General for the Kentucky National Guard, greets officers from Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Portugal, and Slovenia who are visiting the state's National Guard headquarters in Frankfort as part of a training program at Ft. Knox, Feb. 18. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Hiler, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2010) – Five officers from around the world visited the headquarters of the Kentucky National Guard to learn more about the National Guard’s role in the American military, Feb. 18.

Officers from Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Portugal, and Slovenia, who are attending the U.S. Army Armor Captain’s Career Course at nearby Ft. Knox, took time to learn about the National Guard’s unique place in the American armed forces.  After receiving a briefing on the National Guard from Air Force Maj. Matthew Groves, the officers were greeted by the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini.

“We are always glad to see our fellow military officers from other nations,” said Tonini. “Soldiers around the world share a similar experience, regardless of their nationality or the uniform they wear. Because of the increasing role the Kentucky National Guard plays in the international scene, it is important that we share ideas and build relationships.”

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