On Thursday, Rwanda Defence Force and the US Nebraska National Guard are scheduled to ink a deal as the newest partners in the Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program (SPP).
According to a communiqué, this is a long-term relationship in which both parties will be sharing expertise in emergency and disaster response, strengthening cooperation in peacekeeping operations and readiness.
Rwanda is quite familiar with a task of peacekeeping operations and readiness and contributes more troops each year to United Nations peacekeeping missions than all but a few much larger countries.
U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Peter H. Vrooman, “This new state partnership, like the impressive investments that Nebraskans are making here in conservation agriculture, will be rewarding for the people of both countries.”
“I am proud to see the growing collaboration between Rwanda and Nebraska,” the envoy said.
Lt Col Innocent Munyengango, RDF Spokesperson said Rwanda Defence Force is eager to partner with Nebraska National Guard, “to exchange knowledge and experience in areas such as capacity building of our Defence Forces, disaster management and other areas of cooperation that will benefit our Citizens.”
“The Nebraska National Guard is honored to have a new state partnership and build an even stronger relationship between the United States and Rwanda,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac, Nebraska National Guard adjutant general.
“I know that the training opportunities, cultural experiences and professional exchange of ideas that the SPP makes possible will benefit both the Nebraska National Guard and Rwanda for years to come,” he said.
The State Partnership Program is administered by the National Guard Bureau and supports theatre commanders’ security cooperation objectives.
The program has been successfully building mutually beneficial relationships around the globe for over 25 years. Nebraska and Rwanda will be the 77th partnership under the SPP.