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Four medical military representatives from Mongolia visited the village of Golovin, Alaska April 15 to see U.S. military medical professionals provide care to under served Alaska residents during Arctic Care 2012. The visit was part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program and provided a unique opportunity for the Mongolian service members to observe Arctic Care in hopes of bringing back knowledge to their country. Partnered in 2003, Alaska and Mongolia have formed a relationship sharing information through multiple exchanges and exercises. Resembling each other in size and terrain, the partnership benefits both Alaska and Mongolia according to the Alaska-Mongolia State Partnership Program Director, Maj. Wayne Don. Also available in high definition

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This work, National Guard State Partners Visit Rural Alaska During Arctic Care 2012, by George Kale, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.15.2012

Date Posted:04.16.2012 12:25PM


Video ID:141767




Location:NOME, AK, USGlobe

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