Qatar, West Virginia Guard Establish New Partnership


Key leaders from Qatar, the state of West Virginia and the West Virginia National Guard met here May 14 to discuss and celebrate their newly formed partnership.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Army Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer, the adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, hosted Qatar’s defense attache, Brig. Gen. Yousef Al Kuwari; Qatar’s air force attache, Col. Mohamed Al Manai; and Qatar’s army attache, Col. Khalid Al Naimi, along with qatar defense attache government affairs representative, Sarah Elzeini for the introductory meeting at the state capital and later toured the facilities of the 130th Airlift Wing.

State Partnership Program

This was the first meeting between the new State Partnership Program partners since the announcement of the West Virginia National Guard’s selection to be linked with qatar in April. The Guard leadership capitalized on the opportunity to showcase the breadth and depth of experience to the Qatari delegation in multiple facets of domestic response, training, civil support, emergency response and contingency operations during the visit.

“The National Guard State Partnership Program has brought West Virginia and Qatar together — and is a point of pride for us and great interest, as West Virginia is home to strategic airlift operations and Special…

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