Images: Suriname dignitaries visit Camp Rapid [Image 7 of 30]
Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Carlson
(Left to right) South Dakota National Guard's Maj. Shelby Dreyer, intelligence operations specialist, briefs John Nay, U.S. ambassador to Suriname, Lamure Latour, Suriname minister of defense, Cmdr. Hiram Johnson, military liaison officer at the U.S. Embassy, Lt. Col. Johnny Antonius, Suriname Strategic Planning and Education and Col. Hedwig Gilaard, Suriname chief of armed forces, on the South Dakota National Guard's Joint Operations Center at Camp Rapid on June 15. The South Dakota National Guard welcomed dignitaries from the Republic of Suriname to South Dakota as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program. Dignitaries were shown various military training associated with the annual Golden Coyote training exercise, which brought 2,100 National Guard soldiers and aAirmen 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.