Minnesota National Guard and Croatia continue partnership

Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash (center left), the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard and Brig. Gen. Dragutin Repinc (center right), commander of the Croatian Army Planning Directorate met with the Minnesota National Guard State Partnership Team and the Croatian Partnership Team members in Karlovac, Croatia, Sept. 25, 2013. The Minnesota National Guard has participated in the State Partnership Program with Croatia since 1996 to establish enduring relationships and foster cooperation among the two countries.

Maj. Gen. Richard C. Nash (center left), the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard and Brig. Gen. Dragutin Repinc (center right), commander of the Croatian Army Planning Directorate met with the Minnesota National Guard State Partnership Team and the Croatian Partnership Team members in Karlovac, Croatia, Sept. 25, 2013. The Minnesota National Guard has participated in the State Partnership Program with Croatia since 1996 to establish enduring relationships and foster cooperation among the two countries.

Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard met with Brig. Gen. Dragutin Repinc and other Croatian leaders Sept. 25,  at the Croatian Ministry of Defense.

“Maj. Gen. Nash spent the week with Croatian government and military officials to discuss defense security goals and capabilities between the Minnesota National Guard and Croatian Armed Forces,” said Army Lt. Col. Guy Konietzko, Minnesota National Guard International Affairs Officer.

“Minnesota and Croatia have been partnered since 1996 through the National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.  With more than 100 military-to-military engagements we have established a history of shared concepts, ideas and lessons learned in support of security cooperation objectives and Department of Defense policy goals,” said Konietzko.

“The State Partnership Program 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,” said Army Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard.

Croatia gained membership into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2009 and was accepted into the European Union on July 1, 2013.

For more information on the Minnesota-Croatia State Partnership Program visit http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/croatia.

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