Governor Katie Hobbs, Arizona National Guard Establish Historic Partnership with Oman in Signing Ceremony

PHOENIX ~ This week, Governor Katie Hobbs of Arizona commemorated a historic partnership between the Arizona National Guard and the country of Oman. The signing ceremony took place in Muscat, Oman and was attended by the Governor and Commander in Chief of the Arizona National Guard, as well as the Sultanate of Oman.

The State Partnership Program is a military-to-military relationship that will also offer Arizona an opportunity to grow and strengthen water conservation, energy, border security, and research institutions. Through this partnership, the Arizona National Guard will be able to learn from other countries and bring back new information and skills to make their organizations better.

"The State of Arizona is grateful for the Omani hospitality and the privilege to work with the Sultan's Armed Forces," said Governor Hobbs. "This partnership is grounded in our Arizona National Guard military relationship but expands to other sectors of the government bringing valuable interoperability opportunities for both countries."

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During her visit, Governor Hobbs met with a variety of Omani officials including His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Al Zaabi from the Ministry of Defense, US Ambassador Leslie Tsou, Colonel Pung, as well as touring the Grand Mosque and National Museum. She also visited The American International School Muscat where she answered questions from 8th, 11th, and 12th graders about issues facing Arizona and our border.

The partnership began on October 13th 2022 through the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program. This is not Arizona's first partnership; they have had one with Kazakhstan since 1993.

Governor Hobbs' visit marks an important milestone in strengthening security for both countries through this new partnership between Arizona's National Guard and Oman.

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