Images: Suriname dignitaries visit Camp Rapid [Image 9 of 30]
Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Carlson
The South Dakota National Guard hosted dignitaries from the Republic of Suriname for a week in June 2011. 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. Pictured left to right are: Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darla Crown, state command chief warrant officer, Brig. Gen. Jeff Marlette, assistant adjutant general of the South Dakota Army National Guard, Lt. Col. Johnny Antonius, Suriname Strategic Planning and Education, Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, South Dakota National Guard adjutant general, Lamure Latour, Suriname minister of defense, John Nay, U.S. ambassador to Suriname, Col. Hedwig Gilaard, Suriname chief of armed forces, Brig. Gen. Wayne Shanks, assistant adjutant general of the South Dakota Air National Guard and Lt. Col. John Weber, South Dakota-Suriname State Partnership Program director.