The National Guard State
Partnership Program (SPP) links U.S. states with a partner
country for the purpose of improving bilateral relations with
the United States. The program's goals reflect an evolving
international affairs mission for the National Guard, to promote
regional stability and civil-military relationships in support
of U.S. policy objectives.
The state partners actively participate in a host of security
cooperation activities ranging from bilateral familiarization
and training-like events, to exercises, fellowship-style
internships and civic leader visits. All activities are
coordinated through the Theater Combatant Commanders, the US
Ambassadors' country teams and other agencies as appropriate,
to ensure that National Guard support is tailored to meet both
U.S. and country objectives.
Ohio National Guard has two state partners. Since 1993, the
Ohio National Guard has partnered with Hungary, and in
September of 2006, the Ohio National Guard entered into a new
partnership with the Republic of Serbia. Follow the links below
for information, photos and videos of activities between the Ohio
National Guard and its partner countries.