Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, the adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, affirmed that cooperation between the Estonian Defence Forces and Defence League will continue to be close, and that in some fields, Estonia can also provide support for Maryland.
Maj. Gen. Singh emphasized that the Maryland National Guard will continue close cooperation and training programmes with the Defence Forces and Defence League. “There are many cooperation aspects where we can support each other. We have things to learn from Estonia as well, in the field of cyber defence for example,” said Maj. Gen. Singh. “The Defence League is a sufficiently competent organization that it could be a mentor for similar organizations in other countries.”
Minister of Defence Sven Mikser said at the meeting that voluntary national defence organizations the Defence League and National Guard seem different only at first glance. “The most important thing is that the members of the volunteer organizations have the same mindset toward national defence and volunteer activity, which brings these two organizations closer together. “We are prepared to continue to pursue closer cooperation with the Maryland National Guard, for instead through reserve forces exchange programme. Ämari Air Base is a great training base for Air National Guard personnel.”
Maryland Air National Guard A-10 attack planes taking part in the air force component of next week’s international Sabre Strike exercise will be based at Ämari.
Singh started her visit to Estonia last week. Among other things, she visited the Defence Forces and the Defence League School, attended the Defence League exercise over the weekend. She will also visit the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and Ämari Air Base.
Singh has been at the helm of the Maryland National Guard since this January.
The cooperation between the Defence Forces, Defence League and the Maryland National Guard started after the re-establishment of the Defence Forces. The National Guard has organized trainings for Defence Forces and Defence League personnel in the US and contributed to strengthening the Defence League as a volunteer national defence organization.