Thursday, November 29, 2012

Oregon signs historic State Partnership agreement with Vietnam

Oregon National Guard Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, and Vietnam Lt. Gen. Tran Quang Khue, Vice Chairman of the National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM), sign the State Partnership Program agreement at the Ministry of Defense Guest House in Hanoi, Vietnam, Nov. 27.  U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear (center, yellow tie), and other Oregon and Vietnam officials look on.  The State Partnership Program reflects an evolving international affairs mission for the National Guard, emphasizing its unique state-federal and civil-military characteristics to interact with both the active and reserve forces of foreign nations, interagency partners, and international non-governmental organizations.  Oregon also has a partnership with Bangladesh.  (Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy Hanoi).



HANOI, Vietnam—The Oregon National Guard has signed a partnership with Vietnam as part of the State Partnership Program during a ceremony held Nov. 27 at the Ministry of Defense Guest House in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon, signed the agreement with Vietnam Lt. Gen. Tran Quang Khue, Vice Chairman of the National Committee for Search and Rescue (VINASARCOM).

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear, Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton, Assistant Adjutant General (Army), Oregon Air National Guard Col. Mark Crosby, Oregon’s State Partnership Program Director, and other Vietnam officials were on hand for the signing.

The agreement comes just as the United States begins ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  Events and commemorations to honor era veterans and casualties are scheduled in both countries through the year 2025.  For more information on anniversary observances, go here.

The State Partnership Program reflects an evolving international affairs mission for the National Guard, emphasizing its unique state-federal and civil-military characteristics to interact with both the active and reserve forces of foreign nations, interagency partners, and international non-governmental organizations.

State partners participate in a broad range of security cooperation activities to include homeland defense/security, disaster response/mitigation, consequence/crisis management, interagency cooperation, border/port/aviation security, combat medical, fellowship-style internships, and bilateral familiarization events that lead to training and exercise opportunities.

The State Partnership Program currently supports 62 partnerships between states and nations.  For more information about the program, download the SPP factsheet here.

The Oregon National Guard is also partnered with Bangladesh.

For more information contact Staff Sgt. Joseph Barto, State Partnership Program, at joseph.barto@ang.af.mil, or 503-584-2237.


Posted by Master Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

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