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State Partnership Program - Peru

The West Virginia/Peru State Partnership Program (SPP) was formalized in 1996. In just over 20 years, Peru and West Virginia have partnered together for more than 120 interactions between the forces providing insight into regional challenges facing the Andean Ridge, especially in the areas of counter-insurgency, anti-terrorism, emergency preparedness, risk mitigation, disaster response and recovery.

In 2012, the WVNG participated in New Horizons in Pisco, Peru where 45 Engineers built two (2) community buildings and 30 Communications Airmen placed cable and wire inside those buildings. That same year, the WVNG participated in the interagency coordination conference in support of the GoP Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations responsible for coordination of whole of government efforts in the Amazonia region near the border with Colombia. This conference set the tone for greater coordination among GoP agencies for the execution of this strategy.

The partnership tends to be strong militarily, and is becoming more recognized within the Peruvian Army and Air Forces. Interest in developing Weapons of Mass Destruction Units similar to the Civil Support Teams (CST) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) - Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) has become of interest along with Reserve Component stand-up in previous years.

The West Virginia and Peru Partnership has matured to a point where civilian to civilian events will become more frequent. Our goal is to engage state funded universities and state officials to develop those relationships that can continue engaging with their own funding.

The WVNG has also established a civilian school “Skype” exchange between high schools and elementary schools in WV and Peru. These have been so successful that the Peruvian Air Force has requested to partner with nine (9) of their high schools and expect the Peruvian Navy to request the same.

Our Peruvian partnership has created an enduring and important working relationship that enables unique training opportunities for all involved parties, particularly in the realm of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, engineering, military police, peacekeeping, and interagency work.

 

State Partnership Program - Qatar

The West Virginia/Qatar State Partnership Program partnership was announced in April 2018, marking the second partner nation for the WVNG and the sixth SPP country in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility for the National Guard.

Through the partnership with Qatar, the WVNG will seek to increase military and diplomatic cooperation, develop and expand defense capabilities and mutually beneficial training interactions. In addition, the two entities will work to increase interoperability of forces and deter and disrupt criminal and terrorist activities in the region.

The first meeting between the WVNG and Qatar was held in May 2018 where WVNG leadership capitalized on the opportunity to showcase the breadth and depth of experience to the Qatari delegation in multiple facets of domestic response, training, civil support, emergency response and contingency operations during the visit.

An official memorandum of understanding signing will take place later in 2018 to officially formalize the new partnership with future engagement planning currently underway.

State Partnership Program News
WVNG, ARSOUTH shaping the future for Peruvian Army’s NCO corps
Sgt. Lyndsay Monaco, Not In My Squad (NIMS) workshop facilitator and Brigade S-1 NCO for the National Ground Intelligence Center, smiles while engaging with a group of female soldiers from the Peruvian Army during physical readiness training Sept. 10, 2018, in Lima, Peru. U.S. service members from the WVNG and U.S. Army South worked with the Peruvian Army to facilitate training for non-commissioned officer development, professionalism, ethical behavior, physical fitness, and gender integration for more than 500 PERAR soldiers during a week-long engagement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Holli Nelson)
Sept. 20, 2018 - Through a continuous partnership with U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH), members of the West Virginia National Guard and subject matter experts in the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) and Not In My Squad (NIMS) programs teamed up to deliver training to the Peruvian Army’s (PERAR) non-commissioned officer corps Sept. 10th through 14, 2018 in Lima, Perú.

W.Va. Guard welcomes Peruvian Senior Enlisted Leaders for first visit to West Virginia
Senior Enlisted Advisors from the Peruvian Army, Navy and Air Force, pose for a photo with the West Virginia National Guard’s swift water rescue boat Aug. 14, 2018, at Fayette Station, West Virginia. The Peruvian delegation viewed training being conducted by the WVSWRT on the New River and how they respond to swift water emergencies. (West Virginia National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)
Aug. 17, 2018 - The West Virginia National Guard hosted senior enlisted leaders (SELs) from the Peruvian Army, Navy and Air Force for the first time in its State Partnership Program (SPP) history this week where they were afforded insight into how the WVNG utilizes the non-commissioned officer corps (NCOs) in the Army and Air National Guard.

249th Band celebrate Independence Day, Partnership, in Peru
The 249th Band joined the Peruvian Armed Forces (PAF) “Mariscal Nieto” Cavalry Regiment to participate in the changing of the guard at Peru’s Presidential Palace on July 3, 2018, as the first foreign band to take part in the ceremonial event. The same day, the band showcased their talents at the official Independence Day celebration at the United States Department of State Chief of Mission Residence in Lima. The tour was also a celebration of the 21-year relationship between the WVNG and PAF through the State Partnership Program (SPP). (courtesy photo)
July 3, 2018 - The West Virginia National Guard’s (WVNG) 249th Mountaineer Rock Band celebrated the Fourth of July in Peru on a week-long public diplomacy engagement tour in Lima and Piura consisting of concerts and talks with youth and the general public, as well as several high-level celebrations.

West Virginia National Guard selected as State Partnership Program partner for Qatar
April 20, 2018 - The West Virginia National Guard has been notified of its selection to partner with Qatar as a part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program, expanding its successful program to a second partner nation.

West Virginia Guard member translates language skills into dream job in Peru
May 16, 2018 - West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) Capt. Joseph Reppert graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Master of Arts in Linguistics but wasn’t aware of how his expertise would shape his military career.

Qatar, West Virginia leaders meet at onset of new partnership
May 16, 2018 - Key leaders from Qatar, the state of West Virginia and the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) met, May 14, 2018, in West Virginia’s capital city to discuss and celebrate their newly-formed partnership.

WVNG leaders establish priorities for future engagements with Peruvian military forces
March 6, 2018 - West Virginia National Guard senior leaders and members of the State Partnership Program met with Peruvian military leadership in Lima, Peru recently to develop a path forward for future engagements in the coming months and years.

National Jamboree: Military Police trains Peruvian Counterparts
May 17, 2017 - Gathered together under the July sun, a small group of Soldiers from two different countries discuss the best places to position troops over a large area. Although language is a barrier, they successfully exchange ideas and information
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