Friday, December 9, 2016

EUCOM's State Partnership Program Promotes Democracy

David Haight is an infantry officer with more than 30 years of experience as a conventional and Special Ops leader in the United States Army. A graduate of Brigham Young University with a major in history and minor in military science, David Haight recently served as the Director of Operations (J3) for the US European Command (EUCOM). 

Responsible for maintaining the NATO alliance, EUCOM also promotes international cooperation through its State Partnership Program. A component of the National Guard Program, the State Partnership Program pairs US states with European countries in an effort to carry out security cooperation objectives and strengthen the principles of responsible government. 

The program began after the collapse of the Soviet Union and was designed with the intent of encouraging democracy and limiting instability in former Soviet nations. Since the program's creation, 22 US states have partnered with European nations, with Ohio and Serbia forming the most recent partnership in 2005.