Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Dec. 15, 2020

Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers Partner in the Pacific

U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu

SUVA, U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu -- The U.S. Army 322 Civil Affairs Brigade, part of the 9th Mission Support Command (MSC), is currently partnering with three Soldiers from the Army National Guard to conduct civil-military operations in the Oceania region of the Pacific.

The three Guardsmen are Major Patrick Arizmendi and Captain Luis Muruato of the Nevada National Guard and Captain Chris Meza of the Wisconsin National Guard. These states currently have existing partnerships with Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP).

In 2019, U.S. Army Pacific directed the 9th MSC to perform the Task Force Oceania (TF-O) mission. Under command of the 9th MSC, headquartered at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, 322 Civil Affairs Brigade will support U.S. Embassies in the region through security cooperation efforts to enhance partner nation capacity and build relationships.

The Army National Guard State Partnership Program consists of direct partnerships between each state’s National Guard and different countries around the world.

U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, Joseph Cella said, “We have a very high regard for the State Partnership Program, it is exemplary, and it has born great fruit during a very important time of the history of the Indo-Pacific. This program is integral to maintaining the 75 years of peace the Indo-Pacific has been blessed with, which we have commemorated and celebrated throughout this year. It allows us to work alongside our partners in the Indo-Pacific for our joint development and deployment readiness through expert exchanges and training. As a fortifier of bridges, I am pleased to herald and promote the importance and efficacy of this program that reinforces our enduring partnerships and advances security in the Indo-Pacific.”

“The SPP has successfully built relationships over 25 years and now includes 78 partnerships with 84 nations around the globe. SPP links a unique component of the Department of Defense – the states’ National Guard forces – with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship,” said Arizmendi.

“Working directly with the Army Reserve is a great opportunity. This is my first time working directly with this component, and I am impressed by the professionalism of the Soldiers of the 322. This is a unique mission in a unique part of the world, and I believe the parallels between SPP and Task Force Oceania makes this a mutually beneficial partnership for both components,” said Muruato.

“The Reserves, by partnering with the National Guard, bring a multitude of force multipliers ranging from non-commissioned officer schools to tactical training opportunities. A continued partnership between the organizations allows both parties to present our partner nations with these opportunities and can serve as a bridge between two components that would otherwise rarely interact with each other,” said Meza.

Colonel Blaise Zandoli, TF-O Commander, believes having the National Guardsmen on the team brings value to the Army’s mission beyond the addition of well-trained Soldiers. “Bringing Guardsmen onto the team also adds the stability of a habitual Army relationship with the SPP partnered countries that helps ground TF-O and provides another line of effort for SPP. It’s a real ‘win-win’ for the Army Reserves and the National Guard.”


Like Us
Follow Us



USS Frank Cable Arrives in Kure for Port Visit
USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrives at Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure Naval Base, Nov. 23, 2021.
Nov. 29, 2021 - KURE, Japan  – The Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Kure.This is the second port visit in the country of Japan for Frank Cable. The ship recently departed Yokohama, Japan — the ship’s...

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Inspired to Share USS Arizona Relics
Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, presents a relic from the USS Arizona (BB-39) to the crew of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) in remembrance and commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The relic originates from a section of the superstructure of the Arizona that was removed from the ship when the Arizona Memorial was constructed. The Naval History and Heritage Command authorized the removal of sections of the relics for display and legacy enhancing purposes in 1994.
Nov. 29, 2021 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM, Hawaii - On October 17, 1916, Woodrow Wilson was president and the average pay for an ensign in the Navy was $141.67 per month. The world was embroiled in World War I and the United States was...

Washington National Guard and Royal Malaysian Air Force honor fallen colleague in unique ceremony
From Right to Left: Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, Commander of the Washington Air National Guard, Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, the adjutant general, Washington and Brig. Gen. Dan Dent, Commanding General of the Washington Army National Guard attend the memorial ceremony for Royal Malaysian Air Force Col. Hasnol Abu Hassan on Nov. 23, 2021 at the House of Mercy, an all-Muslim cemetery near Covington, Wash. Col. Hasnol Abu Hassan passed away after sustaining a medical emergency during a recent State Partnership Program visit to Washington.
Nov. 24, 2021 - During the recent Washington and Malaysian airmen to airmen talks held at Camp Murray, a tragedy occurred when Royal Malaysian Air Force Col. Hasnol Abu Hassan died after sustaining a medical emergency. His sudden passing was...

Prototype Aims to Reduce Fuel Use, Improve Tactical Vehicle Performance
Military vehicles move down a road at the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group in Fort Polk, La., Nov. 24, 2020.
Nov. 24, 2021 - The Defense Department operates a fleet of more than 250,000 tactical vehicles, which frequently operate in austere conditions. These vehicles often spend as much of their operational time stationary as they do in motion,...

U.S. Marines and Sailors Rehearse Maritime Strikes in the Pacific
A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 takes off from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 18, 2021. VMFA-112 participated in a joint maritime strike rehearsal with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Okinawa, Nov 19, 2021. U.S. Marines with VMFA-112 routinely train and rehearse joint maritime mission sets in order to maintain readiness to carry out a wide range of operational tasks in a region characterized by vast oceans, seas, and waterways.
Nov. 24, 2021 - IWAKUNI, Japan. -- U.S. forces with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet conducted a joint rehearsal of tactics and simulated strikes on naval targets off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 19, 2021. Between...