Bosnian Ambassador visits Maryland National Guard
By Story and photos by 2nd Lt. Jessica Donnelly
Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012
appointed Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States visited the
Maryland National Guard, Sept. 18, to greet senior leadership to ensure the
lasting partnership between the BiH and the MDNG.
Jadranka Negodić, who
assumed the position in mid-July, met with Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, the
adjutant general of Maryland, to discuss the State Partnership Program between MDNG
and BiH, which has been in place since 2003.
“I think it is
very important to come here and see you because of the partnership,” said
Negodić. “It’s an important relationship on our journey to reach
The SPP allows
for the partner nations to learn from each other. Depending on the mission, BiH
Armed Forces may come to Maryland, or Marylanders will visit BiH to learn
different skills. Currently, members of
the BiH Armed Forces are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan alongside the 115th
Military Police Battalion later this year.
explained that because of the partnership, it is not only bringing training to
the armed forces, but also security, stability and a chance at a better future
for the country.
“I want to thank
you for all of your support,” added Negodić. “We know how much you can help,
and we appreciate the relationship.”
Guard’s 65-nation, 20-year-old State Partnership Program provides unique
partnership capacity-building capabilities to combatant commander and U.S.
ambassadors through partnerships between U.S. states, territories and the
District of Columbia and foreign countries.
The SPP was launched in Europe as part of the initial outreach by the
United States to new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe and the former
Military Department has another partnership with Estonia that has been in place
difficult journey with lots of challenges and it takes time, but we both
benefit from it,” said Adkins. “There is no higher priority than making these
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