Va. Guard recognizes partnership with Tajikistan

Brig. Gen. Wayne Wright presents a certificate of recognition to Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Wes Robertson Aug. 21, 2013, at the United States Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. (Contributed photo)

Brig. Gen. Wayne Wright presents a certificate of recognition to Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Wes Robertson Aug. 21, 2013, at the United States Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. (Contributed photo)

SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard recognized 10 years of a successful partnership with the Republic of Tajikistan with the presentation of a certificate of recognition signed by Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker Aug. 21, 2013, at the United States Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Brig. Gen. Wayne Wright, the deputy adjutant general of Virginia, made the presentation of the certificate during a senior leader visit to see first hand the positive impact of the State Partnership with Tajikistan.

The full text of the certificate is copied below:

Celebrating the Virginia Guard State Partnership Program with Tajikistan

WHEREAS, the National Guard’s 65-nation, 20-year-old State Partnership Program provides unique partnership capacity-building capabilities to combatant commanders and U.S. ambassadors through partnerships between U. S. states, territories and the District of Columbia and foreign countries, and

WHEREAS, the SPP supports U. S. national interests and security cooperation goals by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political and economic conduits at the local, state and national level, and

WHEREAS, the Republic of Tajikistan gained independence from the Soviet Union on the 9th day of September 199, has remained an independent state henceforth, joined and has been a member of the body of sovereign nations and peoples for 22 years, and

WHEREAS, the Tajikistani people have sacrificed to secure their independence and unity within their nation, and have striven and continue to strive to build a strong and prosperous society, and

WHEREAS, the Republic of Tajikistan has extended the hand of friendship to nations around the world and has sacrificed to resist and repel extremist forces who sought to undermine the sovereignty and stability of the Tajikistani people, and

WHEREAS, the Republic of Tajikistan has endeavored to support the peacekeeping efforts of international organizations and has demonstrated their willingness to send their sons to help secure the peace of peoples who are strangers to them and live in distant lands, and

WHEREAS, the Republic of Tajikistan entered into a partnership with the Virginia National Guard on July 31, 2003, and has remained as such henceforth, and

WHEREAS, the armed forces of the Republic of Tajikistan have sought the camaraderie of the Virginia National Guard and have done so as representatives of a sovereign independent nation for 10 years, and

WHEREAS, the armed forces of the Republic of Tajikistan have worked hand in hand with the Virginia National Guard, to the benefit of both forces, and

WHEREAS, a close and enriching bond has developed between the people of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard. and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Marla Graff Decker, do hereby recognize the REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN on this, the 19th day of August, 2013, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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More information about the State Partnership Program:
http://vaguard.dodlive.mil/category/specialprograms/state-partnership-program/

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