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members 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.
Feel free to browse SPP Events and read the SPP Information Paper for more details about the program or get acquainted with the program’s leadership by visiting the SPP Leadership page

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

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 Todd Balog:
Email todd.m.balog.mil@mail.mil or
Call (518) 786-6094 (DSN 489-6094)

To contact the State Partnership Operations NCOIC, SSG Thomas Myers:
Email thomas.l.myers.mil@mail.mil or
Call (518) 786-6083 (DSN 489-6083)

About the State Partnership Program
National Guard Bureau, Office of International Affairs (J5-IA)
About the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM)
About the Republic of South Africa
CIA - The World Factbook -- South Africa
Library of Congress - Country Studies - Area Handbook Series - South Africa
United States Mission to South Africa
United States Embassy , Pretoria, South Africa
South African Mission to the United States
Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Washington D.C.
South African Consulate General New York
South African Government Websites
South African Government Online
South African Department of Defence/National Defence Forces
Rank Insignia of the South African National Defence Forces (SANDF)
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