Foreign military delegation visits Va. Guard facilities in Sandston

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A delegation of foreign students from five different countries tour the Virginia National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Va., June 11, 2013. The visitors were students at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. The foreign officials also visited the Mullins Readiness Center in Sandston where they received a comprehensive briefing from a senior Virginia National Guard official on the roles and responsibilities of the Virginia National Guard. (Courtesy photo)

SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard hosted a delegation of foreign students from five different countries June 11, 2013, in Sandston, Va. Hailing from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Azerbaijan the visitors were students at Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, one of five Regional Centers within the Department of Defense, dedicated to “bring[ing] together military and civilian officials to discuss national security issues.”

Near the end of their two-week class at NESA, the foreign officials drove from Washington, D.C., to the Mullins Readiness Center in Sandston where they received a comprehensive briefing from a senior Virginia National Guard official on the roles and responsibilities of the Virginia National Guard. They then took a tour around the armory before heading to lunch at a local restaurant.

Afterward, the delegation moved over to the Army Aviation Support Facility just down the road. There they toured the hanger and were briefed on both the UH-60 Black Hawk and the UH-72 Lakota helicopters. The students then jumped at the opportunity to sit inside the helicopters and have their pictures taken.

After finishing the tour of the facility, the students headed back to Washington, D.C., with a better understanding of and appreciation for the roles and capabilities of the Virginia National Guard.