The State Partnership Program (SPP) is an innovative joint security cooperation program, managed by the National Guard Bureau, executed by the State Adjutant Generals in support of Combatant Commanders security cooperation objectives under the authorities provided by the Department of Defense and Congress.
SPP promotes long-term, enduring and mutually beneficial security relationships with friendly and allied nations around the globe. SPP matches a National Guard state with a foreign partner country to exchange military skills and experience, share defense knowledge, and enhance partnership capacity and further mutual security cooperation.
SPP began in 1993 with establishment of security partnerships between the National Guard states of Maryland, Michigan and Pennsylvania with three Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in coordination with US European Command and has grown to over 65 partnerships today in all corners of the globe.
Massachusetts partnership with Paraguay was established in 2001 with over 90 engagements conducted since inception. The engagements with Paraguay have covered a wide spectrum of topics summarized below:
Leadership and Professional DevelopmentNCO DevelopmentProfessional Military EducationOfficer DevelopmentBattle StaffMilitary Decision Making ProcessDefense Support to Civil AuthoritiesEmergency ManagementCrisis ResponseDisaster PreparednessAir Force Modernization
(Fixed and Rotary Wing) ExchangesTactical Air OperationsAir MaintenanceAviation LogisticsAviation Disaster ManagementAviation Flight SafetyAvionics and ElectronicsHydraulicsWater Bucket/Forrest Firefighting OperationsAviation Enterprise DevelopmentPublic Affairs/Information Management Civilian Leadership of Military ForcesRiot ControlInfantry TacticsEngineering (construction, combat)Vehicle MaintenanceHeavy Equipment MaintenanceMedicalGeneral InternalBurn SpecialistsDentalImmunizationPeace Keeping OperationsMilitary Police Security OperationsForeign Disaster Response / Humanitarian AssistanceMobilization Soldier Support and ReadinessFamily ProgramsRe-integrationResiliencyChaplain SupportSpecial Forces ExchangesCultural and Language Immersion Program support
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Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera
State Command Sergeant Major