State Partnership Program

The State Partnership Program has been successfully building relationships for over 25 years and now includes 82 partnerships with 89 nations around the globe. SPP links a unique component of the Department of Defense - a state's National Guard - with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.

The SPP evolved from a 1991 U.S. European Command decision to set up the Joint Contact Team Program in the Baltic Region with Reserve component Soldiers and Airmen. A subsequent National Guard Bureau proposal paired U.S. states with three nations emerging from the former Soviet Bloc and the SPP was born, becoming a key U.S. security cooperation tool, facilitating cooperation across all aspects of international civil-military affairs and encouraging people-to-people ties at the state level.

This cost-effective program is administered by the National Guard Bureau, guided by State Department foreign policy goals, and executed by the state adjutants general in support of combatant commander and U.S. Chief of Mission security cooperation objectives and Department of Defense policy goals.

Through SPP, the National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements in support of defense security goals but also leverages whole-of-society relationships and capabilities to facilitate broader interagency and corollary engagements spanning military, government, economic and social spheres.

Michigan has teamed up with Latvia and Liberia strengthening our alliances and while continuing to further build and increase the SPP, enhancing mutual benefits of increased readiness. 

Latvia Partnership

The partnership was established in 1992. Today, The partnership between the Michigan National Guard and Latvia is as strong as ever.  We continue to support and grow Security Cooperation efforts with Traveling Contact Teams (TCT) and through exercise participation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. 

  • Michigan Air National Guard trained Latvians to be the first-ever NATO JTACs
  • Latvia participates annually at Exercise Northern Strike in Michigan and hosted by the Michigan National Guard
  • Latvia and MING work together to ensure success for Latvia as a host nation for Defender 22
  • The Michigan Army National Guard provides expertise and training on artillery and aviation equipment

Liberia Partnership

The partnership between the two countries was established in 2009. The Michigan National Guard continues to foster the partnership and improve relationships through meaningful engagements and exchanges that meet the priorities of the country of Liberia Country Team and the Combatant Command

  • Michigan National Guard engineers helped train and build military infrastructure
  • Developed a relationship between the two countries designed to help combat infectious diseases