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August 09, 2010
Oregon National Guard, Port of Portland officials visit Bangladesh as part of ongoing Partnership
 
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Officials from Portland International Airport; Airside Operations Manager Daniel Garcia, (left foreground), Chief of Public Safety & Security Mark Crosby (center), and Senior Manager of Aviation Security John Dean, meet with Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Director of Operations, Md. Shahidur Rahman, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Aug. 8. The group from Oregon toured the facility, noting changes and improvements to security procedures, passenger screening and airport infrastructure, based on a 12-point collaborative work plan developed during a visit to Portland International Airport by Bangladeshi aviation officials in April 2010. The plan covers airfield safety, passenger screening procedures, and Federal Aviation Administration compliance - which is a key to securing direct flights between Bangladesh and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

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Mark Crosby, Chief of Public Safety & Security for the Portland International Airport, (left), speaks with gate agents at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, about passenger screening changes during a visit to the facility Aug. 8. Officials from Dhaka's largest airport met with Crosby and other PDX officials during a visit to Oregon in April 2010, which became the genesis for a collaborative 12-point work plan, which is being implemented by Bangladeshi aviation officials. "In the short time between their visit to Portland and now, we have seen many changes and improvements. It's a tribute to the airport's leadership that these changes were implemented," said Crosby, who will take over as Oregon's State Partnership Program Director in November. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

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Mark Crosby, Chief of Public Safety & Security for the Portland International Airport, (left), tours Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during a visit to the facility Aug. 8. With Crosby are Mohammed Yousuf of the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh (center), Md. Masud Rana, Senior Aerodrome Officer for the Bangladeshi Airport Authority and other Port of Portland officials. The group toured the facility, noting changes and improvements to security procedures, passenger screening and airport infrastructure, based on a work plan developed during the Bangladeshi officials' visit to Portland, Ore., in April. The collaborative 12-point work plan covers airfield safety, passenger screening procedures, and Federal Aviation Administration compliance - which is a key to securing direct flights between Bangladesh and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

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Mark Crosby, Chief of Public Safety & Security for the Portland International Airport (center), speaks with Air Commodore Mahmud Hussain, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (right), as Alexander Gazis, Economic Commercial Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Bangladesh (left) listens in. Crosby, who in November will assume the post of Director for the Oregon National Guard's State Partnership Program, and other officials from the Port of Portland, met with Chairman Hussain in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Aug. 9. Bangladeshi transportation officials visited Oregon in April, where they developed a 12-point collaborative work plan, which covers airfield safety, passenger screening procedures, and Federal Aviation Administration compliance - which is a key to securing direct flights between Bangladesh and the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

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Maj. Dan Schilling, Director of the Oregon National Guard's State Partnership Program, meets with Lt. Gen. Mohammed Abdul Wadud, Principle Staff Officer, Armed Forces Division, Bangladesh, in Dhaka, Aug. 9. Schilling and officials from the Portland International Airport met with Bangladeshi transportation officials to discuss security procedures, passenger screening and airport infrastructure, based on a collaborative work plan developed in April, 2010. The group also discussed joint training and information sharing for disaster response, humanitarian aid, and training exercises as part of an overall SPP strategic plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs).

A National Guard Bureau Fact Sheet on the State Partnership Program can be found at: http://www.ng.mil/media/factsheets/SPP.pdf 

Oregon Military Department's press release on the March Bangladesh visit can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/PressRelease/2010/03-09-10Press.shtml 
 
Contact Info:
For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Joseph Barto, SPP Operations NCO, at: joseph.barto@ang.af.mil