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2016

2016 Defense Committee Meeting

NY SPP - 2016 Defense Committee MeetingThe New York National Guard hosted the 2016 Defense Committee Meeting held in Saratoga Springs, NY 24-26 October 2016. Members of the South African National Defense Force attended the meeting along with U.S. delegates from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Africom and the Office of Defense Cooperation (U.S. Embassy, Pretoria).

2016 African Aerospace & Defense Exposition

NY SPP - 2016 African Aerospace & Defense ExpositionMembers of the New York Army and Air National Guard participated in the in the 2016 African Aerospace and Defense Exposition 13-18 September 2016. Units from the 105th Air Wing, 106th Air Rescue Squadron and 174th Attack Wing participated in the event. They brought several aircraft and vehicles to include the C-17, C-130, MQ-9 (Reaper) and the Guardian Angel Air-deployable Recovery Vehicle (GAARV).

South Africa Disaster Preparedness Familiarization Visit

NY SPP - South Africa Disaster Preparedness Familiarization VisitBrig Gen Bhasie Gqoboka and Lt Col Ben Phakathi visited with the New York Naval Militia and 24th Civil Support Team in the New York City area on 13 June; New York National Guard Headquarters on 14 June in Latham; and observed the New York National Guard Homeland Response Force Exercise on 15 June in Oriskany at the State Preparedness Training Center.

Disaster Preparedness Main Planning Conference

NY SPP - Disaster Preparedness Main Planning ConferenceThe New York National Guard participated in the Disaster Preparedness Main Planning Conference with the South African National Defense Force on 4-8 April 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. New York sent Major John Nitka, Major Jason Zeliph and Staff Sergeant Tom Myers to assist with planning efforts. Major Amy Bonanno, currently residing in South Africa with her husband who serves as the Bilateral Affairs Officer, also participated in the conference. Eleven South African National Defense Force planners hosted the Guardsmen.

National Guard Bureau SPP Workshop

NY SPP - National Guard Bureau SPP WorkshopThe State Partnership Program Director, Major Todd Balog, attended the National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program Workshop 4-8 April 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The purpose of this conference was to provide current information on the State Partnership Program, instruction and collaboration to improve the current 73 programs across 54 States and Territories.

New York National Guard Congressional Breakfast

NY SPP - New York National Guard Congressional BreakfastThe New York National Guard held their annual Congressional Breakfast in Washington, DC at the Rayburn House on 1 March 2016. The South African Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Mhlangu, attended the breakfast with the South African Defense Attache´, Brigadier General Phala. Congressmen representing New York attended the event to include Congressman Chris Gibson.

USARAF SPP Conference

NY SPP - USARAF SPP ConferenceThe Adjutant General, Director of the Joint Staff, State Command Sergeant Major, State Partnership Program Coordinator and Bilateral Affairs Officer attended the United States Army Africa SPP Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina 25-28 January 2016. The conference was hosted by the North Carolina National Guard.

2014-2015

USARAF SPP TAG Conference, 7-8 Jan, 2015

The New York National Guard, in conjunction with US Army Africa (USARAF) hosts the 2015 USARAF/SPP TAG Conference at the 1-69th Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, NYC 7-8 January, 2015

174th ATK Wing visit

Colonel Greg Semmel (right) Commander of the 174th Attack Wing briefs Senior Defense Atache for the Republic of South Africa Brigadier General Marsharo Phala (Left) on the capabilities of the 174th ATW. Major General Eric Vollmecke, Air National Guard Mobilization Assistant to the Commander also attended the briefing. The 174th ATW is a unit of the New York Air National Guard, stationed at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, Syracuse, New York. The 174th Attack Wing currently operates the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Its mission is to provide qualified airmen and weapon systems engaging in global air, space and cyberspace operations; supporting homeland defense, joint operations and aid to civil authorities at the direction of the Governor.

Brigadier General Kevin Bradley, Assistant Adjutant General New York Air National Guard chats one-on-one with Brigadier General Marsharo Phala, Senior Defense Atache for the Republic of South Africa about the New York Air National Guard.

BG Phala Visits 152nd Air Operations Group

Colonel Michael Comella, 152nd AOG commander (left) and his staff discuss the duties and responsibilities of the 152nd AOG with Brigadier General Phala.

BG Phala Visits the Reaper Field Training Team

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Brigadier General Marsharo Phala visits the MQ-9 Field Training Detachment Team

Brigadier General Marsharo Phala presents the South African National Defence coin to Major General Eric Vollmecke, the Air National Guard Mobilization Assistant to the Commander.

2014 South African Combat Rifle Competition

Ten members of the New York Army and Air National Guard represented the United States at a marksmanship competition in South Africa March 4-15, 2014. The team took two second place awards during the competition.

South African Senior Defense and Air Attache’ to the United States Visits Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base

The South African Senior Defense Attache’, Brig. Gen. Mashoro Abel Phala, Republic of South Africa, tours the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, Westhampton Beach, Long Island, New York, Febreary 08, 2014. His tour included a Base Operations briefing by 106th Rescue Wing commander Col Thomas Owens and a visit to the 106th Civil Engineer Squadron.


Prior to the 106th Rescue Wing Operations briefing, Brig Gen Phala is given a brief overview of the training exercise held that day by Col Thomas J Owens II, 106th Rescue Wing commander.


Brig. Gen. Phala visits the Base Fire Department. Major Carrick provides an overview of the Fire Department Operations.


Brig. Gen. Phala tours 106th Civil Engineering Squadron with Senior leadership.


106th Airmen A1C Abdul-Rafi, SrA Farley, SSG Flynn and SrA Gardner discuss aircraft electrical system quality assurance procedures with Brig. Gen. Phala.


Brig. Gen. Phala has lunch with Airmen of the 106th Air Rescue wing.


Brig. Gen. Phala was keynote speaker for the 106th RQW Nelson Mandela Tribute Celebration, held Feb 9, 2014.

South African Senior Defense and Air Attache’ to the United States Visits the 105th Arilift Wing

South African Senior Defense Attache Visits the 105th Arilift Wing 1South African Senior Defense Attache Visits the 105th Arilift Wing 3 U.S. Air Force Col Howard N. Wagner, Commander of the 105th Maintenance Group, Stewart Air National Guard Base Newburgh, New York answers a question about cold weather aircraft maintenance operations from Brig. Gen. Mashoro Abel Phala, the Senior Defense Attache’ to the United States from the Republic of South Africa after a tour of the 11th C-5M Super Galaxy undergoing refurbishment at the NYANG facility. Prior to the tour Brig Gen Phala was given a briefing on 105th Airlift Wing operations by Col Timothy J. LaBarge, 105AW commander, Dec. 17, 2013.


South African Senior Defense Attache Visits the 105th Arilift Wing 5South African Senior Defense Attache Visits the 105th Arilift Wing 6 U.S. Air Force Col Matthew R. Godfrey, Vice Commander of the 105th Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base Newburgh, New York with Brig Gen Mashoro Abel Phala, the Senior Defense Attache’ to the United States from the Republic of South Africa during tour of the 11th C-5M Super Galaxy undergoing refurbishment at the NYANG facility. Prior to the tour Brig Gen Phala was given a briefing on 105th Airlift Wing operations by Col Timothy J. LaBarge, 105AW commander, Dec. 17, 2013.


South African Senior Defense Attache Visits the 105th Arilift Wing 2 The Senior Defense Attache’ to the United States, Brig Gen Mashoro Abel Phala, Republic of South Africa visited Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh New York where he was given a briefing on 105th Airlift Wing operations by Col Timothy J. LaBarge, 105AW commander. Brig Gen Phala also toured the C-5M refurbishment program facility Dec. 17, 2013.

2012-2013

10th Anniversary Celebration
of the
State Partnership Program

NY SPP - 10th Anniversary

between

The Republic of South Africa
and
New York

“Divided by an Ocean, United by a Profession”

18 December 2013
Lexington Armory
New York, New York

NY SPP - Chaplain Knowles and Major Sandefur @ the NY SPP 10th Anniversary Celebration Chaplain Knowles and Major Sandefur

Major John Sandefur greets the distinguished Guest and other visitors to the 10th Anniversary celebration of the State Partnership between the Republic of South Africa and The New York National Guard.

The New York National Guard and the South African National Defense Force celebrated their 10-Year milestone as a partnership with a Ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. The State Partnership Program highlights the role of the National Guard as an all-volunteer, professional military with dual missions that support the nation and the state. The program is a key U.S. security cooperation tool that fosters military-to-military cooperation and encourages people-to-people ties at the state level.

NY SPP - Col Mongezi Kweta, BG Mashoro Phala, Honorable George Monyemangene and MG Patrick Murphy @ the NY SPP 10th Anniversary Celebration Col Mongezi Kweta, BG Mashoro Phala,
The Honorable George Monyemangene,
MG Patrick Murphy

The partnership between the Republic of South Africa and New York is a continuing commitment by each to strengthen both parties through cooperation, teamwork, sharing, and mutual respect. We are honored to participate with the Republic of South Africa and to call them partners and friends.

Uma ukhuluma nomuntu ngolimi aluqondayo, uyakuzwa. Uma ukhuluma naye ngolimi lwakhe, lokho kugxila enhliziyweni yakhe

Nelson Mandela: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

NY SPP - Honorable George Monyemangene, South African Consul General The Honorable George Monyemangene, South African
Consul General Addresses the audience

NY SPP - BG Mashoro Phala Senior Defense Attache BG Mashoro Phala Senior Defense Attache shares
his thought for the day

MG Patrick Murphy presenting Tokens of Appreciation to our partners

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“Ndixelele, ndiza kulibala, ndibonise, ndisenokulibala, ndibandakanye, ndiza kuqonda”
“Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”

NY SPP - MG Patrick Murphy presenting Tokens of Appreciation NY SPP  MG Patrick Murphy presenting Tokens of Appreciation

NY SPP - 1st Row: BG Mashoro Phala, The Honorable George Monyemangene, MG Patrick Murphy, 2nd Row: COL Michael Natli, BG Anthony German, Col Mongezi Kweta, BG Raymond Shields, COL Frantz Michel, Col Michael Norton 1st Row: BG Mashoro Phala, The Honorable
George Monyemangene, MG Patrick Murphy
2nd Row: COL Michael Natli, BG Anthony German,
Col Mongezi Kweta, BG Raymond Shields,
COL Frantz Michel, Col Michael Norton

Nelson Mandela: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

“Fa o bua le nna ka puo e ke e tlhaloganyang, e tla ya kwa tlhogong. Fa o bua le nna puo ya leleme la ga mme, e tla ya kwa pelong ya me.”

The Defense Logistics Formation Headquarters in Pretoria South Africa

NY SPP - The Defense Logistics Formation Headquarters in Pretoria South Africa.LTC Stewart and LTC Freehart conducted an exchange with facilities managers and personnel in Pretoria South Africa from 24-28 June 2013. As South Africa looks to improve and change their facilities management policy and philosophy, New York shares the experiences and successes of our programs for consideration.


NY SPP - South African Medical Providers @ Opertion Shared Accord 2013South African medical providers worked with Army and Air Force medical providers to screen and provide services to citizens of Grahamstown South Africa during Shared Accord 2013 from 17-30 July 2013. This cooperation allows military personnel to work along side of their international counterparts while providing benefit to the local community.
Left to Right: BG Corey, COL Michel, BG Smith.


NY SPP - MG Patrick Murphy and BG Mashoro PhalaThe new Senior Defense Attache to the United States from South Africa, BG Mashoro Phala, visited New York to discuss the long standing partnership between his nation and our state. This 10 year partnership continues to grow and provide mutual benefits to South Africa and New York State. (12-13 June 2013)
Left to right: BG Mashoro Phala, MG Patrick Murphy.


NY SPP - Africa Center for Strategic Studies during a Reverse Outreach trip 16-19 June 2013The Africa Center for Strategic Studies provided relevant and current assessments of African Policy, Issues, and Opportunities during a Reverse Outreach trip 16-19 June 2013. This was one of many visits conducted to identify resources, personnel, and institutions to assist and enhance the partnership with the Republic of South Africa.
Left to Right: SFC Sandra Moody, Ms. Dana Mascali, Dr. Raymond Gilpin , LTC (Ret) Thomas Dempsey, MAJ John Sandefur.


NY SPP - MG Patrick Murphy presents AG Award to MG Mogoruti Ledwaba during JFHQ visit 2012The Adjutant General, MG Patrick Murphy, presents the “Adjutant Generals Award” to MG Mogoruti Ledwaba during a visit to Joint Forces Headquarters in Latham, New York from 3-7 December 2012. MG Ledwaba was serving as the Senior Defense Attache to the United States from South Africa.
Left to Right: MG Patrick Murphy, MG Mogoruti Ledwaba.


NY SPP - Waterkloof Air Base during International Air Show 2012A1C Myree Thomas poses with local school children at Waterkloof Air Base during the international air show in South Africa. The show featured aircraft and vehicles from the Air and Army National Guard of New York from 18-24 September 2012.

South African NDF reprensentives tour 105th Airlift wing C-17 - 2 July, 2012

NY SPP - Republic of South African National Defense Force reprensentivesRepublic of South African National Defense Force reprensentives from left (Left photo): Col D. Mmbi, Ms S Mkhaeanzi, NY SPP - 105th Airlift wing C-17 Globemaster III Tour - Stewart ANGB, Newburgh, NY, 2 July, 2012director c-log; Center: Lt Gen Justice T. Nkonyane, chief of logistics, Ms Fikle Mabilane, Brig Gen Gertrude Mngadi, director facilites with 137th Airlift Squadron flight crew during a tour of the 105th Airlift wing’s C-17 Globemaster III, at Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, NY 2 July, 2012.

Republic of South Africa Sec DEC visit - 29 Jun 2012

NY SPP - RSA Delegates greeted by BG Renwick Payne (DJS)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.

NY SPP - RSA DelegatesRSA Delegates: Lujiza, Tandeka; Republic of South African Secretary of Defence Dr Gulbue; DR Gamede, Thobekile Chief Defence Policy, Strategy and Planning; Brigadier General Ledwaba SA Defence Attache’; Lieutenant General Nkonyane Chief of Logistics; NYNG reps COL Sander Commander 369th; COL Harris 369th STB, COL Marshall 369th S-BDE DCO

RSA Delegates Visit Newburgh Air National Guard Base

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Port Security Tour

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Cultural Day Events

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South African National Reserve Force Strategic Work Session - Feb 16-18, 2012

NY SPP - South African National Reserve Force Strategic Work Session 2012 - 1 of 2Pretoria, 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. Malatji

NY SPP - South African National Reserve Force Strategic Work Session 2012 - 2 of 2Photo 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).

NY Air National Guard & South African National Sea Rescue Institute Share and Improve Rescue Techniques

NY SPP - Discussing Parachute Disentanglement TechniquesMaster Sergeant Shawn Studer, a Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) instructor with the 103rd Rescue Squadron, New York Air National Guard, discusses parachute disentanglement techniques with members of the South African National Sea Rescue Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. Studer and three NYANG pararescuemen traveled to South Africa under the New York National Guard State Partnership Program recently to share and improve rescue swimmer techniques with their South African colleagues. The National Sea Rescue Institute is a volunteer civilian lifesaving agency that regularly trains with the South African Air Force and other organizations.

2010-2011

Mil to Mil - September 2011

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Pretoria, SA: Members of the 104th Military Police Battalion discuss Army National Guard C2, Capabilities, training, mission sets & lessons learned with South African Military Police during a September 2011 Mil to Mil event.

NY & SA Air Forces Discuss Rescue Techniques

NY SPP - Discussing Parachute Disentanglement TechniquesMaster Sergeant Shawn Studer, a Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) instructor with the 103rd Rescue Squadron, New York Air National Guard, discusses parachute disentanglement techniques with members of the South African National Sea Rescue Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. Studer and three NYANG pararescuemen traveled to South Africa under the New York National Guard State Partnership Program recently to share and improve rescue swimmer techniques with their South African colleagues. The National Sea Rescue Institute is a volunteer civilian lifesaving agency that regularly trains with the South African Air Force and other organizations.

South African Combat Rifle Competition - May 2011

Bloemfontein, SA: South African Self Defense Forces familiarize members of the NY Army National Guard's 53rd Troop Command with the South African Service Rifle (R4) during the May 2011 South African Combat Rifle Competition.NY SPP - May 2011 South African Combat Rifle Competition. Photo 1 of 2Photos by SFC RickNY SPP - May 2011 South African Combat Rifle Competition. Photo 2 of 2Photo by SFC Rick

South African Military Skills competition - November 8, 2010

NY SPP - South African Military Skills competition November 8, 2010. Photo 1 of 2South African National Defense Force PhotoPotschefstroom, SA: Members of the NY National Guard's 2-108th Infantry stand in formation with miltinational forces from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, France, Tanzania and Canada during the opening event of the South African Military Skills competition November 8, 2010. The event was initiated by the Chief of Corporate Staff of the South African National Defence Force NY SPP - South African Military Skills competition November 8, 2010. Photo 2 of 2SANDF Courtesy Photo(SANDF) Major General J.I. Jansen Van Rensburg to develop the SANDF marksmanship and water obstacle skills through competition.

South African National Defence Force Reserve Symposium

NY SPP - South African National Defence Force Reserve SymposiumPhoto by MAJ Pat ChaissonDOORNKLOOF, South Africa: At the South African National Defence Force Reserve Symposium held here recently, Command Chief Master Sergeant Hardy Pierce (left) gets acquainted with a Warrant Officer of the South African Military Health Service. Chief Pierce and a delegation of New York Air and Army National Guard officers presented briefings to South African Reservists during this weeklong conference.

Airborne Law Enforcement Annual Conference

NY SPP - Airborne Law Enforcement Annual Conference, Savannah, GAPhoto by CW2 Rich SiracusanoSAVANNAH, Georgia - One of the State Partnership Program’s key goals is the fostering of civil-military relations, especially in the areas of homeland security and law enforcement. In July, Army National Guard aviator and New York Police Department pilot CW2 Rich Siracusano helped host two South African Police Service professionals at the Airborne Law Enforcement Annual Conference in Savannah, GA. Bennett Malebo, Superintendent of Aviation Safety for the South African National Police Aviation Unit, and Captain Jackson Vermaak, Commander of the South African National Police Tactical Flight Observers, attended this week-long conference with CW2 Siracusano. In this photo, Retired NYPD Police Sergeant Mark Cabibbo (left), an Aviation Maintenance Supervisor and ALEA Aircraft Maintenance Instructor, poses with CPT Vermaak in front of a McDonnell-Douglas Model 369E helicopter.

NYANG & NSRI Members Discuss Sea Rescue Techniques

NY SPP - 103rd Rescue Squadron demonstrates the features of a rescue basket to members of the South African National Sea Rescue UnitPhoto by MAJ Pat ChaissonWESTHAMPTON, NY: Senior Master Sergeant Brian Mosher of the 103rd Rescue Squadron (center, in green flightsuit) demonstrates the features of a rescue basket used by his unit to members of the South African National Sea Rescue Unit. Eight NSRI volunteers traveled from South Africa recently as part of a New York National Guard State Partnership Program event designed to exchange “best practices” on sea rescue techniques. This is the second such event sponsored by the New York SPP; last June a team of New York Air Guard pararescue jumpers visited the NSRI in South Africa to cooperate on parachute extraction procedures.

11th Defense Committee Meeting

NY SPP - 11th Defense Committee meeting of senior military officials from South Africa and the United States - Monterey, CAPhoto by MAJ Pat ChaissonMONTEREY, California: Brigadier General Michael Swezey, left, shares a light moment with Rear Admiral Philip Schoultz of the South African Navy at the 11th Defense Committee meeting of senior military officials from South Africa and the United States. BG Swezey, Commander of the 53rd Troop Command, New York Army National Guard, represented the New York State Partnership Program at this high-level conference, during which many cooperative agreements between the two partner nations were made.

NY Adjutant General Presents NYS Conspicuous Service Medal to South African Rear Admiral George Mphafi

NY SPP - Rear Admiral George Mphafi Awarded by NYNG SPP for Outstanding Service, Washington, DCWASHINGTON DC: New York National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, Brigadier General Patrick Murphy (left) presents the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal to Rear Admiral George Mphafi (right), South African Navy, in a ceremony at the South African Embassy in Washington recently. Admiral Mphafi, the departing South African Defence Attache, received this prestigious award in recognition of his outstanding service to the New York National Guard State Partnership Program. Also receiving the Conspicuous Service Medal was Colonel (South African Air Force) Schalk Van Heerden, the outgoing Deputy Defence Attache (not pictured here). The Conspicuous Service Medal is the second-highest NYS award in precedence, and is the only state medal that may be awarded to a foreign officer. Admiral Mphafi and Col Van Heerden are the first foreign officers to receive this award since it was first introduced in 1963.

State Partnership Program Port Security Event

NY SPP - State Partnership Program Port Security EventPhoto by MAJ Pat ChaissonNEW YORK HARBOR: Mr. Rufus Lekala, Harbormaster for the Port of Durban, South Africa, listens to Captain Robert Pouch of the New York Naval Militia explain the capabilities of his PB400 patrol boat. Lekala was in New York last week as part of a South African delegation participating in a State Partnership Program port security event. As part of that event the South African team met with various interagency partners responsible for the security of New York Harbor.

Assessing the Location for MEDFLAG 2009

NY SPP - assessing a location for MEDFLAG 2009School children from a remote village near the town of Tshaneni in the Kingdom of Swaziland, smile and wave with New York Air National Guard Major Dave Panzera. Major Panzera, the US Bilateral Affairs officer in South Africa, was visiting with a team from US Africa Command which was on site to assess the location for the up-coming MEDFLAG 2009. This medical exercise will involve approximately 50 personnel visiting 4 villages, including this one, with the goal of assisting the local country's military and medical institutions in helping the people of Swaziland.

South African Armour Symposium

NY SPP - South African Armour Symposium, Cape Town, South AfricaCape Town, South Africa: Brigadier General Paul Genereux, Commanding General of the 42d Infantry “Rainbow“ Division, addresses a group of South African Army officers at the South African Armour Symposium held here recently. Accompanied by 42ID Chief of Staff, Colonel Carl Pfeiffer, General Genereux spoke on lessons learned during the Rainbow Division’s combat deployment to Iraq in 2004-2005. The 42nd Infantry Division leaders were invited to South Africa through the New York State Partnership Program, which provides opportunities for military and civilian engagement activities between New York and the Republic of South Africa.

Briefing of the LC-130H Hercules Aircraft

NY SPP - Briefing of the LC-130H Hercules Aircraft, Cape Town, South AfricaColonel Gary James of the 109th Airlift Wing, NY Air National Guard, briefs Eric Bost, US Ambassador to South Africa, on the capabilities of the LC-130H Hercules transport aircraft. The New York Air National Guard brought an LC-130H to Cape Town, South Africa recently to participate in a week-long exercise with the South African Air Force.
NY SPP - LC-130H @ NY SPP event - Cape Town, South Africa
South African visitors examine a ski-equipped LC-130H Hercules aircraft.

NY National Guard State Partnership Conference, Latham - September 4, 2008

NY SPP - National Guard State Partnership Conference, Latham, NY - September 4, 2008New York State Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto speaks with Ms. Susan Shabangu, the South Africa Deputy Minister for Safety and Security during the National Guard's State Partnership Conference in Latham on September 4. Leaders from the South African National Defense Force and New York National Guard met to discuss emerging opportunities for military to military relations and continuing partnerships with New York's government agencies.  Read the full article here

2008-2009

Erie County Emergency Operations Center Tour - November 4, 2009

NY SPP - Erie County Emergency Operations Center Tour, November 4, 2009Photo by SGT Sean BaxterCheektowaga, NY: Brigadier General Ledwaba (right) speaks with Dan Neaverth of Erie County during a tour of the Erie County Emergency Operations Center November 4, 2009. The EOC is a central command and control facility responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency preparedness and emergency management, or disaster management functions at a strategic level in an emergency situation.

Vigilant Guard VIP Tour - November 4, 2009

NY SPP - Vigilant Guard VIP Tour, November 4, 2009Photo by SGT Sean BaxterTonawanda, NY: Lieutenant Colonel Moore (left), Brigadier General Ledwaba (middle) and Warrant Officer Makhoba (right) take a break during the Vigilant Guard VIP tour to discuss the various rescue agencies working on the rubble pile November 4, 2009. The exercise was created to simulate a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Buffalo, NY leading to a Defense Support of Civil Authorities request from New York State. Military forces and civilian first responders worked together during the 5 day event. Leaders from the South African National Defence Force got to tour all the venues during their visit, in order to develop a better understanding of military and civilian joint operations.

Training on the Convoy Skills Trainer

NY SPP - Virtual GunneryVirtual gunnery. South African Military Police Major Manie Smit takes aim at a computer-generated target using the Convoy Skills Trainer at Camp Smith, New York. Observing is Mr. Dennis Haynes, who manages all simulator training for the New York National Guard. Major Smit was part of a team of South African MPs who visited New York recently to share experiences on military police operations as part of the State Partnership Program between the Republic of South Africa and the New York National Guard.

South African Air Force Combat Cameramen Learn About the 109th AW Pole-to-Pole Mission

NY SPP - NYANG LC-130HAboard a New York Air National Guard LC-130H transport, South African Air Force combat cameraman Warrant Officer Christo Crous captures a cargo airdrop in action. Three South African military media professionals recently visited the 109th Airlift Wing, NYANG, to learn about the unit’s unique pole-to-pole mission as the only ski-equipped C-130 unit in the US Air Force.

On the Range in South Africa

NY SPP - On the Range

2006-2007

NY ANG Chaplain helps design insignia for Swaziland Defence Force Chaplaincy Service

NY SPP - NY ANG Chaplain helps design insignia for Swaziland Defence Force Chaplaincy Service

Creating a nation's chaplaincy service from almost nothing is no easy task. The details are many: What qualifications must a military chaplain possess? What duties will he or she have? Can a chaplain serve both God and the military chain of command?

When the Kingdom of Swaziland decided to create their own military chaplaincy program, they sought help from the New York National Guard. A team of Guard chaplains visited this tiny African nation for a week in February 2007 to mentor and advise the Swazis on chaplaincy service policies.

One New Yorker on this team was Chaplain (Major) Todd Luce of the 109th Airlift Wing, NYANG. A mechanical engineer as well as a chaplain, CH Luce lent some unique talents to the project.

The Swazis wanted a distinctive insignia for their new chaplain's corps, one that kept the symbols of traditional Swaziland culture but which also reflected the nation's Christian heritage. It also had to be clear to anyone that this was a chaplain's badge. Chaplain Luce listened to his hosts' comments and then asked detailed questions. What is the Swazi royal crest? What symbol represents the military in your country? How do the Swazis use religious imagery?

He then began sketching.

Soon a design took shape. First came the three red feathers symbolizing King Mswati III, Ruler of Swaziland. Next, Luce drew the lehao, or traditional Swazi warrior's shield. On top of the Swazi shield came another type of shield, the Bible. Finally, Chaplain Luce placed a Christian cross on the insignia.

In ten minutes it was done - with a nod from Colonel G.G. Dlamini, Chief of Personnel for the Swazi military, the new chaplains' insignia was approved.

Chaplain Luce then arranged to take his sketch back to New York, where professional graphic artists will render the design on computer. The final product shall be turned into an insignia worn proudly by the first corps of chaplains to serve in the Swaziland Defense Force.

It's not often that a National Guard chaplain from New York has the chance to help bring to life another nation's chaplaincy service. Fortunately, Chaplain Todd Luce has both a careful ear and a talent for drawing. His contributions in Swaziland will be worn by that nation's military chaplains for many years to come.

NY SPP - Facility Spill ProceduresFORT DRUM, NY: LTC B. Madikane, South African National Defence Forces, listens while MSG David Demarse of the NY-MATES describes his facility's spill containment procedures. LTC Mark Warnecke, who helped organize the Environmental Programs visits, looks on at right. Photo by MAJ Pat Chaisson.

NY SPP - MATES FacilityFORT DRUM, NY: CW5 George Scholl answers questions from COL S.K. Godschalk and LTC B. Madikane of the South African National Defence Forces Enviornmental Services office during their visit to the NY-MATES site at Fort Drum. The South African officers toured the MATES facility recently as part of a State Partnership Program envionmental resources familiarization visit. Photo by MAJ Pat Chaisson.

NY SPP - 9mm RangeNew York Army National Guard Memebers and South African soldiers checking their scores on the 9mm range.

NY SPP - Schenectady Armory visitPrior to their time on the firing line, South African Defence Forces soldiers visited New York Armories and Airbases. Captain Robert Mitchell of the 501st Explosives Ordnance Disposal Battalion hosts South African visitors at the Schenectady Armory.

NY SPP - Visiting a C-130 Maintenance Hangar in ScotiaSouth African National Defence Forces tour Stratton ANGB, Scotia NY. LC-130H “Skibird” in the background.

NY SPP - On the Firing LineThe South African team included Maj. J.C. Oosthuizen (team coach), Lt/Col K.D. Williams, S/Sgt R.J. Sauls, Cpl S.K. Mkonto and Rfn S.F. Van Staden (South African abbreviations). The team achieved an overall first place in the rifle match, overall fourth place in the pistol match and a Combined Arms Team aggregrate of third place in the competition. Our South African friends can shoot!

Visit to New York State by Members of the South African National Defence College (SANDC) Executive National Security Program (ENSP)

NY SPP - Aviation Safety VisitNew York National Guard members, Major Brian Elsworth of the 109th Airlift Wing and CW5 Jeff Borges of the 3 Bn/142 Aviation, checked out an ORYX helicopter during their Aviation Safety Contact Team visit to the South African Air Force in May 2006. Photo by Major Omar Bradley

2005

Visit to New York State by Members of the South African National Defence College (SANDC) Executive National Security Program (ENSP)

On 3-4 November 2005, the New York National Guard hosted a group of fifteen visiting members of the South African National Defence College Executive National Security Program.

The Executive National Security Program is the most senior level of professional education available to members of the South African National Defence Forces. Its purpose is to prepare selected officers and officials for appointment in top-level posts of the South African Department of Defence.

The group of fifteen persons visiting New York State was part of a larger seminar class of 36 individuals from the South African National Defence College arriving in Washington, D.C. in late October. The class consisted of South African military officers, staff from the National Defence College, one civilian from the South African Department of Defence, three officials from defense related industries, and five military officers from the African nations of Burundi, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia. The group of 36 persons then split up into three in order to visit U.S. states with Service Academies: Colorado (Air Force Academy), Maryland (Naval Academy at Annapolis), and New York (Military Academy at West Point).

The curriculum of the ENSP includes a one-week foreign study visit to one of South Africa’s strategic partners. While in the U.S. the program members made visits to various organizations to receive briefings about and discuss areas related to national security, multinational organizations, national government, local government, defense industry, and corporate business. They particularly sought to gain an understanding of the legal basis, structure, politics and operation of state and local governments, in the context of the American federal system.

Among the contingent of fifteen arriving in New York were five general officers: Brig. Gen. Erroll Mann (Commandant of the South African National Defence College), Brig. Gen. Vusumuzi R. Masondo, Brig. Gen. Lulu L. Siwisa, Brig. Gen. Tanduxolo R. Mandela (South African Defence Attachi), and Brig. Gen. Cyprien Hakiza (Burundi Defence Force). Three members of the New York National Guard served as escorts. They were Lt. Col. Christian P. Bradley, Acting Director, Government Affairs Office, Maj Richard J. Sloma, SPP Coordinator, and 1st Lt. Jemal L. Douti, New York Army National Guard.

On 3 November, the group visited a number of locations in Manhattan. One of the visits was to the New York Police Department (NYPD) Headquarters. Two traditional Guardsmen who are NYPD police officers assisted with this. Police Sergeant Justin Lenz (Operations Sergeant Major in the 104th Military Police Battalion, Kingston, NY) met with the group briefly to discuss his duties as a police supervisor. Chief Tom Sweeney (retired Lieutenant Colonel from the 53rd Troop Command, Valhalla, NY) greeted them at One Police Plaza and gave a presentation on how the NYPD selects and trains its officers. Chief Sweeney and Officer Lenz also played a key role in showing how traditional Guardsmen manage to successfully balance their military and civilian careers.

The ENSP participants also toured the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and concluded the day with a visit to the World Trade Center “Ground Zero” location.

On the following day, the group had a magnificent view of the Hudson River as they took the train northward to visit the U.S. Military Academy and the 105th Airlift Wing. Upon arrival to West Point, the ENSP group was met by Brig. Gen. Michael Swezey, Commanding General, New York Army National Guard and Colonel Harry McDonough, JFHQ-NY J5/7. As a graduate of the Military Academy, Brig. Gen. Swezey had the opportunity to share memories of his experiences as a West Point Cadet.

While at the 105th Airlift Wing's Stewart Air Guard Base, Brig. Gen. Dana Demand, Wing Commander and Deputy Commander Col. Charles Faro met the group of African officers. Also present was Captain Timothy Coleman, a member of the 105th, who served as New York's first Bilateral Affairs Officer at EUCOM's Office of Defense Cooperation in South Africa from January 2004 to March 2005.

After a tour of a C5A Galaxy given by the aircraft's crew and maintenance personnel, Brigadier Generals Demand and Swezey exchanged mementos with the Executive National Security Program visitors. Brig. Gen. Mann presented the New York National Guard with a plaque on behalf of the South African National Defence College in appreciation for its efforts and hospitality during the ENSP trip. He commented that the visit to New York had accomplished its objectives in affording its participants a better understanding of South Africa's strategic partner.

104th MP Battalion hosts NCOs of the South African Military Police Service

On June 3, 2005, the 104th Military Police Battalion, Kingston, New York, hosted three noncommissioned officers of the South African Military Police service. Staff Sergeants Sello S. Mothapo, Phillip M. Masemola, and Frans P. Halliday visited New York State on their way to train with the 300th Military Police Company at Fort Riley, Kansas. Sergeant Major Justin Lenz of the 104th MP Battalion and Staff Sergeant Hector Berdecia of the 442nd MP Company served as escort officers.

The purpose of the brief stop-over in New York was to acquaint the South African NCOs with the State's National Guard Military Police capabilities, missions, and members. The visit was part of New York's State Partnership Program (SPP) relationship with the Republic of South Africa.

New York and South Africa have been partners under the SPP since August 2003. The SPP is a National Guard initiative that aligns U.S. States with countries around the world for the purpose of fostering mutual interests and establishing long term relationships across all levels of society. New York was the first state to have an SPP relationship on the African continent.

While in New York, Staff Sergeants Mothapo, Masemola, and Halliday spent some time with the 104th MP Battalion in Kingston. While there, they received an orientation briefing on the battalion's organization, mission, and training. Staff Sergeant Mothapo, the senior member of the South African group gave a reciprocal briefing about his position as a trainer at the South african Military Police School. He also discussed his experiences as a member of the United nations Peace Support Mission deployed to the Democratic republic of Congo.

The South African Military Police Agency is considered to be a “Joint” organization under the South African National Defense Forces. Military Police units in South Africa consist of personnel from the Army, Air Force, and Navy. They serve jointly but administratively they fall under their own service's rules and regulations.

The three NCOs also visited with the 105th Airlift Wing Security Forces at Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York. MSgt David Pritchard hosted the South Africans at during their visit to the 105th Air Wing. While at Stewart, the visiting NCOs received a briefing on Air Force Security Forces, their duties at the Air Base, and a tour of the base.

New York State hopes to hold an exchange between the leadership of the South African Military Police Agency and New York's National Guard MPs. Eventually, the State and the Republic of South Africa could conduct squad and even platoon exchanges during annual training events or other Military Police training or exercises.

2004

NY Deputy Adjutant General's visit to South Africa

Forest fires. Terrorist threats. The challenges of deploying Reserve Forces to a peacekeeping operation far from home. These are just some of the issues the New York National Guard faces every day. As several of the state's senior leaders recently learned, these problems are not unique to the United States.

DAG-NY, Major General Robert Knauff, sitting inside a South African C-130BZ's “glass” cockpit, shares his admiration for the South African Air Force (SAAF) C-130BZ's glass cockpit with SAAF Major Alwyn Meyer, September 2006.Major General Robert Knauff, Deputy Adjutant General- New York, recently paid a visit to the Republic of South Africa (RSA) as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program (SPP). Accompanying MGen Knauff was Colonel Lawrence Ashley, Joint Chief of Staff, New York National Guard; Colonel Anthony Riscica, Director of Domestic Operations for the Joint Forces Headquarters, New York National Guard; and Major Patrick Chaisson, the NY State Partnership Program Coordinator. Major John Bradley, New York's Bilateral Affairs Officer stationed in RSA, also participated in this event.

NY SPP - Chatting with spectatorsDeputy Adjutant General - New York
MGen Robert Knauff (right) leads a
disaster-preparedness meeting with the
South African Joint Operations command
in Pretoria, South Africa.
Photo by MAJ Pat Chaisson

South Africa is scheduled to host the FIFA World Cup Soccer matches in 2010. During their vist to South Africa, MGen Knauff and his staff offered the New York National Guard's assistance and expertise. The New Yorkers also briefed key members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on military support to civilian authorities.

By meeting with South African leaders the New York team learned much about the expanding role of reserve forces in South Africa, and also how that nation responds to domestic emergencies such as floods or wildfires.

New York and South Africa have been partners under the State Partnership Program since August 2003. New York was the first state to have an SPP association on the African continent, and our relationship continues to grow. There are many exciting events planned for the future check back often to learn more about this program!

New York National Guard Doctors Drive Over a Land Mine and Live to Tell the Tale

Imagine yourself inside a truck that's about to drive over a real land mine. That's what two New York National Guard surgeons volunteered to endure when they attended the Blast Trauma Effects Congress in Pretoria, South Africa recently. Dr. (Lt Col) Joseph DeLuca and Dr. (LTC) Paul Mabry went to a South African military training range to observe new technology designed to minimize explosive injuries.

NY SPP - Before DetonationSouth African Mine Resistant Tactical Vehicle.
NY SPP - Detonation!Detonation!
NY SPP - Dr. Deluca after the detonation of a land mineShaken but not stirred. Dr. (Lt Col) Joe DeLuca, NYANG, poses after his encounter with the land mine.

2003

Adjutant General Travels to South Africa

Story by Maj. Richard J. Sloma - HQ, New York Army National Guard

NY SPP - The Generals

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - On August 22, 2003, The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Maguire, Jr., and Lt. Gen. Godfrey N. Ngwenya, South African National Defence Forces Chief of Joint Operations, exchanged flags and handshakes to initiate a relationship under the State Partnership Program (SPP).

The formal announcement ceremony was held at the Ministry of Defence in Pretoria, South Africa. The National Guard Bureau program currently has 37 states and territories in 40 partnerships across the globe. The partnership between New York and South Africa is the first such relationship on the African continent.

NY SPP - The GeneralsAfter exchanging flags, Maguire presented Lt. Gen. Ngwenya with a letter to South African Minister of Defence, Mr. Mosiuoa G. P. Lakota, a plaque, and an Adjutant General military coin. Also present were Gen. Charles F. Wald, Deputy Commander for United States European Command (USEUCOM) and Dr. Jendayi E. Frazer, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs. The Republic of South Africa is a nation within USEUCOM's geographic area of responsibility.

Maguire was accompanied by Lt. Col. Timothy G. Vaughn, Executive Support Staff Officer, Headquarters New York Air National Guard, Lt. Col. James M. Gaudio, New York Army National Guard Chief of Staff, and Lt. Col. David Martinez, the New York SPP Coordinator.

Maguire had the opportunity to meet with United States Ambassador Cameron R. Hume, Defense and Air Attachi Colonel Clarence D. Smith, Jr., and Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) Chief Lt. Col. Samuel K. Millett. During the ceremony, Gen. Wald spoke of the characteristics of New York State and the Republic of South Africa that make the partnership a good match. Maj. Gen. Maguire emphasized the strengths that members of the National Guard bring to the partnership. “Soldiers and airmen from the New York National Guard bring with them unique skills that they carry over to their military positions from their civilian jobs,” Maguire said.

The National Guard SPP began in 1992 in the Baltic Nations as a joint engagement effort between USEUCOM and the National Guard Bureau (NGB) with the intent to assist former Warsaw Pact nations in their transition from communist governments to democratic governments.

The SPP links a State National Guard with a partner nation to support mutual security cooperation objectives. The program highlights the role of the National Guard as an all-volunteer, professional military with dual missions to support the nation and the state. The unique civil-military nature of the National Guard enables it to interact with both active and reserve forces of the foreign nation, as well as civilian governmental agencies of that nation. SPP activities range from bilateral military to military events to military to civilian events and even civilian to civilian events. The range of activities conducted is developed by the State National Guard and their host nation counterpart and are focused on Combatant Commanders and US Government (USG) objectives. The broad range of activities possible within a partnership reflects the unique flexibility of the National Guard to respond to partner nation requirements.

Partner states typically expand to eventually include civilians and civilian agency participation in partnership activities where appropriate so as to help develop relationships between partners beyond just military relationships to all levels of society.

A long-term goal is for partnerships to mature as security cooperation activities assist the host nations in becoming full members in the community of nations. The SPP is also an important security cooperation activity, particularly in the Global War on Terrorism.

Excerpted from Guard Times magazine

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