05 Jun '18, 3am

Read more about how a musical instrument started a 25 year @NationalGuard State Partnership Program.

Read more about how a musical instrument started a 25 year @NationalGuard State Partnership Program.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In some ways, the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program -- which pairs National Guard elements with partner nations worldwide -- started with a tuba. "The Latvian military band needed a big tuba," said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John Conaway, the 22nd chief of the NGB and "father" of the SPP. "And we hauled a tuba over there." The trip with the tuba was part of the early planning stages for the program, which turns 25 this year. "We delivered that tuba to the Latvian band and they were amazed to get it," said Conaway. "That started the program with the first, initial visit." That first visit lead the way to a program that now has 74 partnerships with countries throughout the world. But it all started with three: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. "We were received in grand fashion in all three places," said Conaway, referring to that initial trip...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/205342?dmd

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