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National Guard State Partnership Program
The State Partnership Program is a key U.S. security cooperation tool that facilitates cooperation across all aspects of international civil-military affairs and encourages people-to-people ties at the state level.
Indiana National Guard’s Director of Joint Staff Brig. Gen. Ronald A. Westfall greats Colonel-Major Soumana Kalkoye dit Fodo the Chief of Bureau of Studies for the Nigerien Ministry of Defense. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lasima O. Packett/Released)

The State Partnership Program is a key U.S. security cooperation tool that facilitates cooperation across all aspects of international civil-military affairs and encourages people-to-people ties at the state level.

It directly supports DOD objectives and theater campaign plans by building relationships that enhance global security, understanding and cooperation.

There are currently 13 State Partnerships between the United States and African nations: California is partnered with Nigeria; New York and South Africa; North Carolina and Botswana; the North Dakota Guard is partnered with three countries, Ghana, Togo and Benin; Michigan and Liberia; Utah and Morocco; Vermont and Senegal; Wyoming and Tunisia; Kentucky and Djibouti; Massachusetts and Kenya; Indiana and Niger.

To learn more, click here to see the National Guard Bureau's information about the State Partnership Program.

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