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HING and Indonesian Air Defenders build relationships during SMEE 19-2

July 26, 2019

From the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) website

Six Hawaii Air National Guardsmen (HIANG) participated in a State Partnership Program (SPP) Air Defense subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) July 10, 2019, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The SPP SMEE began in late June on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, when members of the HIANG’s 169th Air Defense Squadron hosted their Indonesian Air Force (TNI) counterparts.

Army Captain Marco Hartanto, Hawaii National Guard (HING) SPP director, was on hand in Yogyakarta to share general information about the Hawaii SPP and HING missions. Being bilingual in the Indonesian language, Hartanto’s presence was crucial to the mission as he provided his own brand of professional expertise in the continuing effort to build a stronger and more cohesive relationship with the Indonesian military.

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