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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDuring his official visit to USA on Monday, 16 May, Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis visited the US Air Force Base in Michigan and training centre in Grayling, where he met with Michigan National Guard Commander Major General Gregory Vadnais and Air Force Base Commander Colonel James Andrew Roberts.

Latvia’s Defence Minister thanked the Michigan National Guard for helping to train Latvian troops in the 24 years since the signing of the Michigan-Latvia partnership agreement. «I am truly thankful for the enormous support we have been receiving from our partners in Michigan over the years. It consists of immeasurable work in many areas of cooperation that brings tangible results,» – emphasized Bergmanis.

During his visit in Michigan, the Defence Minister also had a look at all current cooperation projects. One of the most successful of them was called the training programme for air support controllers and united fire support forward observes. 24 Latvian soldiers from different units had graduated from the united fire support observers training course in 2016. As part of the cooperation project, a training simulator has been established in Latvia to help train air support controllers of other NATO member states.

Michigan National Guard also contributes to the education of air traffic specialists, which is important for the development of the Air Force Base in Latvia. During his visit, Bergmanis also met with three Latvian soldiers who are currently being trained in important areas of air traffic control in Michigan.

Michigan National Guard regularly participates in international military exercises in Latvia. In 2016, soldiers of the Michigan National Guard participated in Summer Shield exercises. This June, American soldiers will arrive in Latvia for Saber Strike exercises.

Cooperation between Michigan National Guard and Latvia’s National Armed Forces began in 1992, when USA and Latvia signed their partnership programme.

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