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Press Release
August 05, 2010
Oregon National Guard continues partnership with Bangladesh
SALEM, Ore. — Members of the Oregon National Guard and Port of Portland will travel to Bangladesh in early August, in support of the State Partnership Program (SPP).
Launched by the National Guard Bureau and the State Department in 1993, the SPP is intended to promote cooperation with new democracies. Oregon's partnership with Bangladesh came from a 2008 meeting involving commanders from U.S. Pacific Command, National Guard Bureau, and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon.
The National Guard's State Partnership Program currently has 62 partnerships between U.S. states and foreign nations.
Earlier this spring, Bangladeshi civilian and military leaders met with their Oregon counterparts in Portland to discuss airport and seaport security, education and business opportunities.

For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Joseph Barto, SPP Operations NCO, at: joseph.barto@ang.af.mil.  

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
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Contact Info: Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs Office 503-584-3917