Images: Suriname dignitaries visit Camp Rapid [Image 16 of 30]
Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Carlson
(Left to right) John Nay, U.S. ambassador to Suiname, Col. Hedwig Gilaard, Suriname chief of armed forces and Cmdr. Hiram Johnson, Military Liaison officer at the U.S. Embassy 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.