- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Senior leaders from the South Dakota National Guard visited the Republic of Suriname recently to reinforce a security partnership established in 2006.

The Guard and the Suriname military enjoy a cooperation relationship under the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program The two have shared experiences and best practices in a variety of military training and topics.

Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, the South Dakota National Guard’s adjutant general, says he likes bringing soldiers and airmen serving as carpenters, plumbers and electricians to work side by side with the Suriname defense forces on community projects.

A total of 26 National Guard members went to Suriname on exchanges in 2015, while six members from the Suriname Defense Forces visited South Dakota.

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