Iowa National Guard focuses on military development during Kosovo trip

Iowa National Guard leaders returned from a weeklong trip to the Republic of Kosovo, reaffirming the Guard’s military partnership with the emerging European democracy.

The Iowa National Guard has spent over a decade developing a close military and civil partnership with Kosovo, marking the first of its kind between a US state and an entire country.

This most recent trip focused on strengthening the Guard’s partnership with the Kosovo Security Force, according to Lt. Colonel Joel Jacobson, the state partner coordinator of the Iowa National Guard.

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On the trip, Maj. Gene. Ben Corell, the adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Hjelmstad, the command senior enlisted leader, engaged with the Kosovo Minister of Defense Armend Mehaj and other KSF leaders on a tour of several cities of Kosovo, Capt. Kevin Waldron of the Iowa National Guard said.

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