The SPP celebrated its 10th anniversary on December 18th, 2013!

Visit our 10th Anniversary page!

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


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.

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:
Email john.f.sandefur.mil@mail.mil or
call (518) 786-6094 (DSN 489-6094)

To contact the State Partnership Operations NCOIC, SFC Sandra Moody:
Email sandra.moody@us.army.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
Insignia
Rank Insignia of the South African National Defence Forces (SANDF)
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