“The Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program asks that each state and its partner nation have the ability to conduct a variety of joint exercises and training events to enhance interoperability and cooperation between partner and allied nations while building relationships. The Ohio National Guard and Serbian Armed Forces have shown commitment and dedication to that strategic initiative for 12 years and counting.

About 40 Ohio National Guard Soldiers and Airmen traveled to the Republic of Serbia for meetings with Serbian Armed Forces and civilian leadership to increase their growing partnership. Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman, Ohio adjutant general, and Gen. Ljubiša Diković, chief of staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, held meetings and travelled to events together, including a wreath-laying ceremony and a military academy graduation where they shared the stage with the president of Serbia.” (DVIDS)