Vermont Business Magazine North Macedonian and Senegalese Soldiers will join Vermont National Guard members for training starting next week.
North Macedonia and Senegal are both partnered with Vermont through the National Guard State Partnership Program.
Soldiers from the Senegalese Fire Brigade will spend a week with various Vermont National Guard, State and local disaster response organizations participating in multiple demonstrations and training events. The Fire Brigade is a unique asset for Senegal that focuses on various aspects of disaster response.
Meanwhile, a team of soldiers from North Macedonia will be participating from Camp Johnson in Cyber Shield 2021, a 14-day resident course designed to provide students hands-on Defense Cyberspace Operations Element training.
“The State Partnership Program is designed to be a mutually beneficial relationship,” commented Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, Vermont’s Adjutant General, “the sharing of ideas, best practices and training opportunities is just one facet of our strong relationships with both North Macedonia and Senegal.”
Senegal and the Vermont National Guard trace their State Partnership Program pairing to 2008. Disaster Management, Force Management, Peace and Stability Operations are just a few of the areas engaged as part of the ongoing partnership.
The Vermont National Guard and North Macedonia’s State Partnership began in 1994 and has included over 350 Military-to-Military activities, including collaborative events in Europe and the United States.
This past June, Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray and Vermont Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lindsay Kurrle joined Maj. Gen. Knight on a trip to the newest NATO member to explore building upon the traditional military partnership as part of a new Economic Partnership Initiative.
Source: Colchester, Vt. – Vermont National Guard 7.9.2021