PUBLISHED: 5:25 PM on Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Guard partnership with Mongolia grows
Guard's State Partnership Program Yields Deepening Relationship Built on Trust, Confidence

CAMP DENALI, Alaska - Alaskans and Mongolians have been busy cutting new trails according to Alaska National Guard officials. "We've been working steadily with each other since we established our 'official' partnership," said Major General Craig E. Campbell, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard.

"We've had the pleasure of hosting our Mongolian friends here in Alaska, and they've certainly hosted us in their country," he said. "What we're seeing here is a unique opportunity to share individual approaches to common challenges - whether in our military forum with our Alaska National Guard and their Ministry of Defence, or through our own Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency

Management and their counterpart organization," he said.

The Alaska Air National Guard has flown KC-135 Stratotankers and C-130 Hercules into the Mongolian capital providing both airlift and an opportunity to share operational orientations with the Mongolians.

"Just this past week, two of our Alaska Army National Guard soldiers, Major Steve Wilson and Sergeant First Class Ramon Gutierrez, arrived home after having served as military liaisons with the Mongolian Battalion in Iraq," Campbell said. "This is one of the critical and meaningful ways that we've gained each other's trust; and, it is fair to say we've opened up a dialogue that has great potential meaning for other areas of Alaska - trade, commerce, cultural."

"We are well engaged in our National Guard State Partnership Program and planned to remain so," said Campbell. "There are many good things that are coming from this."