State Partnership Program

Celebrating 30 Years of Partnership between Tennessee and Bulgaria

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The State Partnership Program began 30 years ago after the breakup of the Soviet Union to help countries emerging from behind the Iron Curtain. It now pairs 100 nations with National Guards from every state and U.S. territories to increase regional security and advance U.S. interests. It is a cost-effective Department of Defense National Guard Bureau program executed by Geographic Combatant Commands, guided by State Department foreign policy goals and U.S. Chief of Mission security cooperation objectives. The program produces enduring relationships that improve interoperability and enhance U.S. access and influence while increasing the readiness of U.S. and partner forces to meet emerging challenges.

News stories:

March 02, 2023 - Tennessee National Guard Prepares for Joint Bulgarian Exercise - (NEWS STORY /

June 10, 2023 - US military to participate in Thracian Sentry 2023 exercise in Bulgaria - (NEWS STORY / The Sofia Globe)

June 12, 2023 - Tennessee National Guard Kicks Off Joint Bulgarian Exercise - (NEWS STORY /

June 13, 2023 - Tennessee National Guard Fire Fighters partner with Bulgarian Air Force Firefighters - (NEWS STORY /

June 14, 2023 - Bulgarian News Segment about TN Guard and Bulgarian Military in Threcian Sentry 2023 - (VIDEO / BTK Bulgarian News)

June 16, 2023 - Tennessee National Guard collaborates with the Bulgarian Medical Military Academy during Thracian Sentry 23 - (NEWS STORY /

June 20, 2023 - Tennessee Airmen and Bulgarian Air Force work together on airfield equipment - (NEWS STORY / DVIDS)

June 22, 2023 - Tennessee National Guard’s Women, Peace, and Security delegation partners with Bulgarian Military - (NEWS STORY / DVIDS)

June 22, 2023 - 134th ARW Firefighters train with Bulgarian Air Force - (NEWS STORY / DVIDS)

June 22, 2023 - 118th Medical Airmen grow combat life-saving skills with other Guardsmen, Bulgarians - (NEWS STORY / DVIDS)

June 27, 2023 - 134th ARW showcases operational agility during Thracian Sentry 2023 - (VIDEO / DVIDS)

June 28, 2023 - Tennessee National Guard Participates in Medical Exercise with Bulgarian Military - (VIDEO / DVIDS)

October 3, 2023 - Tennessee and Bulgaria Celebrates 30 Years of Partnership - (NEWS STORY /