Images: Suriname dignitaries visit South Dakota [Image 2 of 19]
Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Carlson
Dignitaries from Suriname visit the South Dakota National Guard Museum in Pierre, June 17. 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 Cmdr. Hiram Johnson, Military Liaison officer, U.S. Embassy, Bob Kusser, South Dakota National Guard Museum director, Lamure Latour, Suriname minister of defense, John Nay, U.S. ambassador to Suriname, Lt. Col. Johnny Antonius, Suriname Strategic Planning and Education, Col. Hedwig Gilaard, Suriname chief of armed forces and Lt. Col. John Weber, South Dakota-Suriname State Partnership Program director.