Ghanaian Army Generals to visit North Dakota

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  • By Lt.Col. Rick Smith
  • NDNG Public Affairs
As part of the North Dakota National Guard's (NDNG) State Partnership Program (SPP) with Ghana, Africa, a group of top ranking officials will be traveling to N.D. this week.

Officials from the Ghanaian Armed Forces (GAF) will fly to the state to learn about the capabilities of the NDNG, and to continue building the bilateral relationship between the NDNG and GAF. The lead general is Lt. Gen. Peter Blay, Chief of Defense Staff.

The proposed itinerary will have the officials traveling the state to see the various facilities and capabilities that the North Dakota National Guard has to offer, and discuss future opportunities for the partnership.

Special attention to Family Support programs, training and facilities will occur during this visit.

Media availability will be held at 1 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday April 15 in Bismarck and the group will travel the state on Friday. Below is a detailed schedule.

WHAT:                Ghanaian officials visit N.D.
WHO:                  Ghanaian officials and NDNG leadership
WHEN/WHERE:  1-1:30 p.m. media availability in Bismarck on Thursday, April 15, Fraine Barracks, Bldg. 30, TAG Conference Room

State travel itinerary for Friday, April 16

9:15-10:45 a.m. at the Fargo 119th Wing (POC is Penny Ripperger at 701-451-2194 or cell at 701-238-6944)

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. at the Grand Forks International Airport. Group will tour Aerospace Center. (POC is Rick Smith at 701-426-0190)

2-3:30 p.m. Camp Grafton Training Center at Devils Lake (POC is Rick Smith at

WHY: To continue the partnership between Ghana and N.D. and provide insight into various programs, training and facilities across the state