embers of the New York Air and Army National Guard are now partnering with Airmen and Soldiers from half a world away. New York State and South African forces have been training together since 2003.
Republic of South Africa Sec DEC visit - 29 Jun 2012
RSA Delegates are greeted by BG Renwick Payne (DJS); Maj Renne Ford (SPP Coordinator); LTC Peter Riley (TFES Command) and CCM Edwin Mondezie as they arrive at Fort Hamilton for a capabilities briefing 29 Jun3 2012.
RSA Delegates Visit Newburgh Air National Guard Base
Col Matthew Godfrey, 105th Airlift Wing Vice Commander briefs the South African National Defence Force Chief of Logistics, LT Genernal Nkoyane about Air National Guard capabilites and the C-17 aircraft.
South African National Reserve Force Strategic Work session - Feb 16-18, 2012
Photo by SGT N. MalatjiPretoria, SA: Left to right: Col A.Y. Amasi (Director of Reserve Force Component-Tanzania People’s Defence); Major General Patrick Murphy (The Adjutant General of New York); Vice-Admiral J. Mudimu (Chief SA Navy); Maj Gen R.C. Andersen, (Chief Des Ref) participate in the 2012 South African National Reserve Force Strategic Work session 16-18 February, 2012.
Photo by SGT N. MalatjiPretoria, SA: Left to right: Col S.A. Motswadira (Des Res Promotions); Maj S. Williams (USA Embassy); Brig Gen S. Molefe (Director Def Res); Brig Gen J.J. Gibbs (Deputy Chief Director Def Res); Brig Gen T.T. Nqapayi (Vice Chair : RFC); Brig Gen R.L. Payne, (USA- Director, Joint Staff, New York Joint Force Headquarters); Major General Patrick Murphy ( USA-the adjutant general of New York); Maj Gen R.C. Andersen, (Chief Des Ref ) ; Commodore R.J. Mansergh (Head of Reserve Force and Cadets-UK Ministry of Defence); Col D.E. Hopkins (Deputy Chief Defence Staff Personnel and Training-UK Ministry of Defence); Col A.Y. Amasi (Director of Reserve Force Component-Tanzania People’s Defence); Maj Gen L.M. Dlulane (SANDF-Deputy Chief Corporate Staff); Maj A.R. Gumbo (Personal Assistant(PA) of Chief of Reserve Forces-Tanzania People’s Defence); Maj R.M. Ford(USA-State Partnership Programme Director).
The State Partnership Program is a way for American states to create positive relationships with many nations. Some recent events between New York State and South Africa include marksmanship competitions, the Deputy Adjutant General's visit to South Africa, and an Aviation Safety team event.
Read more about a medical conference where New York National Guard doctors drove over a live land mine and survived to tell the tale.
Learn here how an Air National Guard Chaplain helped design an insignia for the newly-created Swaziland Defence Force Chaplaincy Service, and see photos from this small African kingdom located between South Africa and Mozambique.
This July-August, 2003 Guard Times Magazine article has more information on New York’s State Partnership Program.
To contact the Program Coordinator, Maj John Sandefur:
To contact the State Partnership Operations NCOIC, SFC Sandra Moody:
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