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RI-Bahamas State Partnership Program
"Security Through Cooperation"

General Background

The State Partnership Program (SPP) links U.S. states and partner nations in support of mutual interests. The goal of the program is to establish broad reaching, friendly ties between partner states and partner countries at all levels of society utilizing the National Guard as the catalyzing force and means of support.

RI-Bahamas Partnership

The Rhode Island - Bahamians partnership was established in 2005. Past exchanges have involved medical operations, corrections, higher education and commerce. In 2012 the Commodore, Royal Bahamas Defense Force visited Rhode Island as the RING took part in Vigilant Guard.


• Improve military interoperability between US and Partner Nation forces.
• Demonstrate military subordination and support to civilian authorities.

Process and Relationships

Through the office of the Adjutant General, personal and institutional relationships are developed that can be sustained over the long term. RING facilitates military to military engagements.

Focus areas for the RI-Bahamian SPP based upon the US NORTHCOM Theatre Campaign Plan

1. Computer Network Defense
2. Consequence Mitigation
3. Military Police Operations
4. Infantry Operations
5. Sustainment / Institutional Development


RING Military Police Personnel conducted an exchange with RBDF MP's in April 2013 regarding civil disturbance operations.


SSG Carlos Barbeiro conducts an exchange with RBDF trainers and recruiters on August 28, 2013

MSG John Walsh, MSG Al Tolleson and SSG George Pedro, members of the RING Small Arms Readiness Training Section, observe Royal Bahamas Defense Force Commandos firing their M4 rifles during a Close Quarter Battle marksmanship exchange conducted 19-21 November 2013 at HMBS Coral Harbor, Nassau, Bahamas.



5 RBDF Marines took part in the RING’s first ever “Schutzenschnur” German and U.S. weapons qualification weekend 31 May to 1 June 2014. The Marines spent the weekend working with their U.S. and German partners as they qualified on several weapons systems. All 5 Marines earned a U.S. rifle qualification badge and 4 of the 5 earned the coveted German “Schutzenschur”. The trip was funded by United States Northern Command.

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