State Partnership Program Archive

  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – Several Soldiers and Airmen from Kentucky National Guard medical units joined together to offer their expertise to the military medical staff at the Ah-Bashir Military Hospital March 29-Apr. 4 as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program. Several times a year Kentucky Guardsmen visit the small African country building rapport and share training opportunities with the local nationals. “Any time you can work with other countries, build meaningful relationships and train together is important,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brian McMorrow, Medical Plans and Operation […]

    Kentucky medical staff share knowledge with Djiboutian hospital

    By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – Several Soldiers and Airmen from Kentucky National Guard medical units joined together to offer their expertise to the military medical staff at the Ah-Bashir Military Hospital March 29-Apr. 4 as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program. Several times a year Kentucky Guardsmen visit the small African country building rapport and share training opportunities with the local nationals. “Any time you can work with other countries, build meaningful relationships and train together is important,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Brian McMorrow, Medical Plans and Operation […]

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  • By Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HOL HOL, Djibouti — Djibouti, a nation I didn’t know much about. Honestly, before traveling here, I couldn’t have placed it on the map. However, I have found its significance far exceeds its relevant size and distance from the United States. With a centuries-old strategic advantage, this country, this land, is vital and many major world powers desire influence here. Long controlled by France, Djibouti is a rather young country having gained its independence in 1977. One can experience a rugged coastline, seemingly endless deserts of volcanic rock, and baboon-inhabited mountains […]

    The Djiboutian Way taking shape

    By Capt. Eric Barton, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment HOL HOL, Djibouti — Djibouti, a nation I didn’t know much about. Honestly, before traveling here, I couldn’t have placed it on the map. However, I have found its significance far exceeds its relevant size and distance from the United States. With a centuries-old strategic advantage, this country, this land, is vital and many major world powers desire influence here. Long controlled by France, Djibouti is a rather young country having gained its independence in 1977. One can experience a rugged coastline, seemingly endless deserts of volcanic rock, and baboon-inhabited mountains […]

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  • By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Engineers representing Kentucky National Guard’s 201st and 206th Engineer Battalion, visited with members of the Forces Armee Djibouti (FAD) to discuss military engineering best practices at FAD facilities, Sept. 23-27, 2018. The engineering event was scheduled in response to a request during the Security Prioritization Working Group in Sept. 2017, said Maj. Christopher Hettinger, Bilateral Affairs Officer for the State Partnership Program in Djibouti. “Discussing engineering strengths, weaknesses and opportunities will provide a basis for future collaboration,” said Hettinger. […]

    Kentucky Engineers build a foundation with Djiboutian Counterparts

    By Capt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Engineers representing Kentucky National Guard’s 201st and 206th Engineer Battalion, visited with members of the Forces Armee Djibouti (FAD) to discuss military engineering best practices at FAD facilities, Sept. 23-27, 2018. The engineering event was scheduled in response to a request during the Security Prioritization Working Group in Sept. 2017, said Maj. Christopher Hettinger, Bilateral Affairs Officer for the State Partnership Program in Djibouti. “Discussing engineering strengths, weaknesses and opportunities will provide a basis for future collaboration,” said Hettinger. […]

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  • By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – Soldiers with the 238th Regiment hosted senior instructors from the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Aug. 15-17, as part of Kentucky’s partnership with the African nation. The intent of this meeting was to share best practices regarding building curriculum,instruction, and coordinating a standardized training system. Maj. Jamie Carta, State Partnership Program Coordinator, said that the discussion today was an overview of how the U.S. Armed Forces develop materials for curriculum, as well as how we develop and choose instructors. “They want […]

    238th shares training practices with Djibouti

    By Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment GREENVILLE, Ky. – Soldiers with the 238th Regiment hosted senior instructors from the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Aug. 15-17, as part of Kentucky’s partnership with the African nation. The intent of this meeting was to share best practices regarding building curriculum,instruction, and coordinating a standardized training system. Maj. Jamie Carta, State Partnership Program Coordinator, said that the discussion today was an overview of how the U.S. Armed Forces develop materials for curriculum, as well as how we develop and choose instructors. “They want […]

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  • By Maj. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Twenty summers ago, I enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard. While I prepared to begin Initial Entry Training, my unit, the 2123rd Transportation Company, participated in Operation Nuevos Horizontes (Operation New Horizons) in Ecuador, South America. Upon return from basic training, I recall listening to the compelling stories that came from this collaborative mission. I admit, there was some envy as I listened to fellow truck drivers talk about transporting equipment on the South American continent. For a kid from small-town Berea, the grandiosity of trekking […]

    Kentucky working well with foreign partners

    By Maj. Gus LaFontaine, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Twenty summers ago, I enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard. While I prepared to begin Initial Entry Training, my unit, the 2123rd Transportation Company, participated in Operation Nuevos Horizontes (Operation New Horizons) in Ecuador, South America. Upon return from basic training, I recall listening to the compelling stories that came from this collaborative mission. I admit, there was some envy as I listened to fellow truck drivers talk about transporting equipment on the South American continent. For a kid from small-town Berea, the grandiosity of trekking […]

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  • Courtesy Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Kentucky National Guard Chaplain Col. Yong K. Cho, state command chaplain and Chaplain Lt. Col. Bill Draper, senior state support chaplain, visited Djibouti, Africa, in May during Ramadan. The trip marks a first for the Guard Chaplaincy Corps yet Cho hopes it will not be the last.  “We are grateful to the AFRICOM chaplain office, CJTF-HOA religious affairs team and our Kentucky State Partnership program director and senior leaders for the opportunity to visit Djibouti during their holy season of Ramadan.” […]

    Kentucky Guard Chaplains and Djibouti religious leaders strengthen their partnership

    Courtesy Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Kentucky National Guard Chaplain Col. Yong K. Cho, state command chaplain and Chaplain Lt. Col. Bill Draper, senior state support chaplain, visited Djibouti, Africa, in May during Ramadan. The trip marks a first for the Guard Chaplaincy Corps yet Cho hopes it will not be the last.  “We are grateful to the AFRICOM chaplain office, CJTF-HOA religious affairs team and our Kentucky State Partnership program director and senior leaders for the opportunity to visit Djibouti during their holy season of Ramadan.” […]

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  • Story and Photos by Senior Airman Scott Jackson, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI — U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti Ambassador Larry André and his wife opened their home May 21 and 22 to host two Iftars the evening breaking of the fast celebrated by Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Click here for original article and accompanying photos Meaning “burning heat” in English, Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar. During the month, Muslims are called to fast from sun up to sun down. To eat before the dawn is partaking in […]

    Chaplains provide support to Djiboutian Iftar Feast

    Story and Photos by Senior Airman Scott Jackson, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI — U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti Ambassador Larry André and his wife opened their home May 21 and 22 to host two Iftars the evening breaking of the fast celebrated by Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Click here for original article and accompanying photos Meaning “burning heat” in English, Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar. During the month, Muslims are called to fast from sun up to sun down. To eat before the dawn is partaking in […]

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  • Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Members of the Kentucky National Guard Medical Detachment traveled to Djibouti Feb. 15-23 as part of Kentucky’s State Partnership Program with the African nation. The Guardsmen met with Djiboutian medical personnel to share best practices for delivering and managing medical care to military members, their families and the community. “I do believe our medical visits have had an impact on the delivery of healthcare with our Djibouti partners,” said Maj. Stephanie Fields. “During previous medical visits Kentucky offered recommendations that the hospital had adopted as standard procedures. I do believe that the medical […]

    Kentucky shares medical expertise with Djibouti

    Kentucky National Guard Staff Report FRANKFORT, Ky. — Members of the Kentucky National Guard Medical Detachment traveled to Djibouti Feb. 15-23 as part of Kentucky’s State Partnership Program with the African nation. The Guardsmen met with Djiboutian medical personnel to share best practices for delivering and managing medical care to military members, their families and the community. “I do believe our medical visits have had an impact on the delivery of healthcare with our Djibouti partners,” said Maj. Stephanie Fields. “During previous medical visits Kentucky offered recommendations that the hospital had adopted as standard procedures. I do believe that the medical […]

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  • By. Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – A small group of Kentucky National Guard leaders from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry embarked on a mission to Djibouti Sept. 20-28 to continue building Kentucky’s relationship with the nation as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP). The Kentucky infantry Soldiers were introduced to two organizations in the Djiboutian Armed Forces during the visit. The first was the Djiboutian Republican Guard (La Garde Républicaine Djiboutienne), a section of the Djiboutian Army that provides security missions for the highest Djiboutian state authorities and the public, as […]

    Kentucky Infantrymen exchange lessons with partner nation

    By. Spc. Sarah Gossett, 133rd Mobile Public affairs Detachment DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – A small group of Kentucky National Guard leaders from the 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry embarked on a mission to Djibouti Sept. 20-28 to continue building Kentucky’s relationship with the nation as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP). The Kentucky infantry Soldiers were introduced to two organizations in the Djiboutian Armed Forces during the visit. The first was the Djiboutian Republican Guard (La Garde Républicaine Djiboutienne), a section of the Djiboutian Army that provides security missions for the highest Djiboutian state authorities and the public, as […]

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  • 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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