Images: Suriname dignitaries visit Camp Rapid [Image 28 of 30]
Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Carlson
Col. Hedwig Gilaard (left to right), Suriname chief of armed forces, Lt. Col. Johnny Antonius, Suriname Strategic Planning and Education, and Lamure Latour, Suriname minister of defense, brief members of the South Dakota National Guard on the South Dakota-Suriname State Partnership Program at Camp Rapid June 15. The South Dakota National Guard hosted dignitaries from the Republic of Suriname for a week in June. Dignitaries were shown various military training associated with the annual Golden Coyote training exercise, which brought 2,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen from across the U.S. to the Black Hills for the two-week training event. They were also shown ongoing missions by South Dakota's soldiers and airmen conducting flood relief related missions in the state's capitol, Pierre. The South Dakota-Suriname State Partnership Program was formally established in August 2006 to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between the two entities.