State Partnership Program (SPP)

Image of Slovenia flag in a circle  Image of State Partnership Program logo  Image of Jordan flag in a circle 
The State of Colorado is one of only a few states with more than one foreign country in the State Partnership Program; with Slovenia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan representing the two countries partnered with us. Through the SPP, the Colorado National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements in support of defense security goals but also leverages whole-of-society relationships and capabilities to facilitate broader inter-agency and corollary engagements spanning military, government, economic and social spheres. 
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Delegates from Colorado's state partners, Jordan and Slovenia, stand for a photo with Maj. Gen. Mike Loh, the adjutant general of Colorado, center, and other

Colorado National Guard leaders at Joint Force Headquarters, Centennial, Colorado, Aug. 29, 2019. The delegations attended both Alpine Guard and the National Guard Association of the United States conference in Denver Aug. 28-Sept. 1, to introduce them to strategic planning and coordination that takes place at the organizational and national levels of the Department of Defense, in addition to showcasing the operational capabilities of the CONG. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Zachary Sheely)
National Guard conference in Denver provides backdrop for Colorado’s partners Jordan and Slovenia
By By Staff Sgt. Zachary Sheely, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Oct. 4, 2019
Thousands of people attended the 141st General Conference and Exhibition of the National Guard Association of the United States, held at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver, Colorado, Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2019. Among them, two delegations represented the Colorado National Guard’s partners from the Republic of Slovenia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Hannah Fell, 140th Wing Medical Group, is shown the inside of a Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army tank by an instructor with the Royal Jordanian Air Force. Members of the Colorado Air National Guard spent the day touring King Abdullah II Air Base and its ground defense equipment in Az Zarga, Jordan, April 16, 2019. The meeting between Jordanians and senior enlisted leaders aimed to foster strong relationships between forces as well as enhance Jordanian enlisted policy and practices. Jordan and Colorado have been partners through the National Guard State Partnership Program since 2004. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Chance Johnson)
Colorado and Jordan look to each other for examples of leadership development
By Tech. Sgt. Chance Johnson | July 2, 2019
The Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army hosted eight members of the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard April 11-19, 2019, as part of Colorado’s state partnership with Jordan, which dates to 2004.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jose Alfaro, 140th Wing Security Forces, Colorado Air National Guard, escorts members of the Royal Jordanian Air Force on a tour of the Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dave Carter Army Aviation Support Facility at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, Feb. 5, 2019. The meeting between Jordanians and senior enlisted leaders aimed to foster strong relationships between forces as well as enhance Jordanian enlisted policy and practices.  Jordan and Colorado have been partners since 2004. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Harvill)
Partnership builds trusted frontline leaders in Colorado, Jordan
By Staff Sgt. Austin Harvill | May 16, 2019
Royal Jordanian Air Force senior enlisted leaders arrived at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, Feb. 4, 2019, for a Non-commissoned Officer National Guard State Partnership Program event.

A U.S. Air Force Airman, assigned to the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, exchanges information with members of the Royal Jordanian Air Force about non-commissioned officer roles and leadership at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, March 12-16, 2018. The purpose of this visit was to exchange NCO development ideas and concepts, share how we develop our NCOs, and understand how Jordan develops their enlisted leaders.” (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Staff. Sgt. Bobbie Reynolds)
Colorado-Jordan future leaders focus on human capital development
By Capt. Cheresa D. Clark, Colorado National Guard Public Affairs | Nov. 8, 2018
In an effort to understand these practical differences and grow as partners, company-grade officers from the Colorado National Guard and JAF partnered for the first time in January 2018, in Colorado, and in August 2018, in Jordan. Together, they discussed the similarities and differences in leadership style, and learned practices and strategies from each other, to improve as leaders.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Woods, senior enlisted leader of the Colorado National Guard, and a team of Colorado Army National Guard noncommissioned officers, meet with a group of Jordanian Army NCOs at the 20th Royal Artillery Battalion headquarters near Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2018. The COARNG NCO team visited Jordan July 20-27 as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program to contribute to the development of the JAF NCO guide.
Fortifying the Backbone
By Staff Sgt. Zach Sheely | Aug. 29, 2018
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Woods, senior enlisted leader of the Colorado National Guard, and a team of Colorado Army National Guard noncommissioned officers, meet with a group of Jordanian Army NCOs at the 20th Royal Artillery Battalion headquarters near Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2018. The COARNG NCO team visited Jordan July 20-27 as part of the National Guard's State Partnership Program to contribute to the development of the JAF NCO guide.