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    US ambassador visits Colorado Guardsman during project in Slovenia

    US ambassador visits Colorado Guardsman during project in Slovenia

    Photo By Sgt. Jesiah Dixon | Air Force Staff Sgt. William Bryant, a structural craftsman with 140th Civil...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Jesiah Dixon 

    U.S. Army Europe and Africa     

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia - Airmen from the 140th Civil Engineering Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, got a visit from the U.S. ambassador to Slovenia during a recent renovation project at a Slovenian military base near Postojna, July 8, 2015.

    Ambassador Brent Hartley paid a visit to a construction site where the 140th was working to improve an old building for use in future exercises. Airmen got a chance to show off their building, plumbing, and construction skills while the ambassador toured the site.

    "This project will not only help refurbish a historic building, and help bolster the pride of the local population," said the ambassador. "But also provide a functional place for U.S. troops when they deploy here, or when the guard deploys here to carry out its mission, and also be a lasting benefit to our Slovenian hosts."

    The 140th is working in Slovenia as part of the U.S. Department of Defense state partnership program, an initiative designed to promote access, enhance military capabilities, and improve interoperability between the U.S. and partner nations. The program gives the Colorado Guard a unique opportunity to build lasting relationships with their Slovenian partners.

    "The active duty troops do what they do, and they do it extremely well" said Brig. Gen. Jerome Limoge, commander of the Colorado Air National Guard. "What a lot of our foreign partners treasure the most, is seeing the same leaders, and the same faces every time. Instead of being greeted with a salute and a handshake, we're greeted a bear hug. There's a relationship there that carries through, to a trust."

    The project is centered around improving an old, multi-use building on the base; to be used as a range control center. The building will be used by U.S., Slovenian and NATO partner nations for joint, multinational training and exercises, including the upcoming exercise "Immediate Response."

    "This event proves again how good cooperation between the Colorado National Guard and Slovenian military can be," said Slovenian Brig. Gen Miha Skerbinc, adviser to the Slovenian chief of staff. "We have more than 20 years of successful cooperation, and we're not just very satisfied with this partnership, but have very ambitious plans for the future."


    Date Taken: 07.08.2015
    Date Posted: 07.15.2015 07:37
    Story ID: 170061
    Location: LJUBLJANA, SI
    Hometown: AURORA, COLORADO, US
    Hometown: GOLDEN, COLORADO, US
    Hometown: PARKER, COLORADO, US

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