The State Partnership Program (SPP) links U.S. states and
partner nations in support of mutual interests. The goal of the program is to
establish broad reaching, friendly ties between partner states and partner
countries at all levels of society utilizing the National Guard as the
catalyzing force and means of support.
Formally established in August 2006. Two information exchanges have been
conducted in Suriname by the Director, with a Distinguished Visitor visit by SD
personnel scheduled for March 2007 and a visit by Surinamese to SD in April
• Improve military interoperability between US and Partner Nation
• Demonstrate military subordination and support to civilian
• Assist with the development of democratic institutions.
Foster open market economies to help develop stability.
• Project and
represent US humanitarian values.
Process and Relationships:
Through the office of the Adjutant General and Governor, institutional and
people-to-people relationships are developed that can be sustained over the long
term. The state facilitates local government, academic and economic contacts as
well as National Guard and civilian community involvement in personal contacts
with the Partner country. The program also facilitates linking the right
personnel, with the right skills and qualifications, at the right time to
accomplish the mutually agreed upon strategic objectives.
Focus areas for the SD-Suriname SPP based upon
similarities and interests:
2. Civic organizations: Rotary, Lions, Optimists,
4. Medicine/Public Health
8. Environmental/Resource Management
11. Chambers of Commerce/Trade
12. Foreign Investment
13. Education – student/faculty
Lieutenant Colonel Orson M. Ward
Deputy Directorate of Plans (J5)
Dakota National Guard
2823 West Main St
Rapid City, SD 57702