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    Stavridis: National Guard State Partnership Program resources well-spent

    National Guard State Partnership Program

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill | U.S. Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and...... read more read more



    Story by Tech. Sgt. Johnathon Orrell 

    National Guard Bureau

    WASHINGTON - The National Guard's State Partnership program is a good return on investment, the commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander said here in March.

    During a March 29 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the topic of the Fiscal Year 2012 European Command Posture, Adm. James Stavridis was asked whether the State Partnership Program was making a difference with European allies.

    "We have 22 of these programs [within EUCOM]," Stavridis said. "The one from Oklahoma does everything from prosaic military training to police training to oil field training; we try to match up the state with the country."

    Worldwide, the SPP includes 63 nations.

    "The presence of the Oklahoma State Partnership Program has been very helpful in Azerbaijan in maintaining our access through our transit routes because of the strong mil-to-mil relationship," Stavridis said.

    In response to a question from Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe about whether the SPP worked as good as he had heard, Stavridis said that the relationship in Oklahoma was the same relationship developed all over Europe with the SPP.

    "Multiply that by 22 all around Europe and you can see the bang for the buck here is really quite significant," he said.



    Date Taken: 03.29.2011
    Date Posted: 04.12.2011 08:47
    Story ID: 68618
    Location: WASHINGTON, DC, US 

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