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Boosting State Partnerships
Brigadier Gen. Issa Abdou Sidikou, Army Chief of Staff, Niger Army, arrives at the 181st Intelligence Wing via a U.S. Army UH-6O Blackhawk for a State Partnership Program meeting at Hulman Field Air National Guard Base, Terre Haute, Indiana, Aug. 28, 2018. The National Guard State Partnership Program is an innovative Department of Defense joint security cooperation program, 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. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lonnie Wiram)