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National Guard Expands In Africa

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For the last ten years the North Dakota National Guard has worked in partnership with the country of Ghana and the success of the program has lead to an expansion into two other African countries.

Starting in April, members of the guard will begin trips to the Togolese Republic and the Republic of Benin. While there, the members will assist with training in security, medical, engineering and public affairs.

"It's good for our soldiers and our airmen to have an opportunity to be able to go to another country. To share what we know and to learn from them as well. And over the last decade we have done a lot of that with Ghana. We expect to do the same with Togo and Benin," says Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk.

The North Dakota National Guard is the first state guard with partnerships in three African countries.

Sprynczynatyk says he expects the guard will take between 20 and 30 trips a year between the three countries.

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