Djibouti, State of Kentucky Forges Lasting Ties Through Partnership Program

Djibouti – On June 2nd, high-level representatives from the United States Kentucky National Guard and the Djiboutian Armed Forces signed the State Partnership Program agreement, solidifying their future cooperation on military and civilian engagement. This is the first State Partnership Program announced by U.S. Africa Command for East Africa, and only the eleventh in Africa.

The National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) is an innovative United States Department of Defense joint security cooperation program that links a state’s National Guard with the armed forces of a partner country, allowing them to cooperate across diverse mission areas.  These areas can include homeland defense and security; disaster mitigation and response; consequence and crisis management; interagency cooperation; border, port, and aviation security; fellowship-style internships; and combat medical events that can lead to training and exercise opportunities.

Besides military-to-military engagements, SPP will expand to include universities and civic organizations, many of which are already engaged in Africa and are eager to work with the people of Djibouti.  The SPP agreement between the United States and Djibouti marks another milestone in the strengthening of military and diplomatic ties between the two nations.

For more information, please contact the Public Diplomacy section of the U.S. Embassy: (253) 21 45 30 00 or e-mail at

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