Governor Eric Greitens announced Friday Missouri’s inclusion in the Chief National Guard Bureau’s bilateral initiative with the Israeli Home Front Command (HFC). Missouri will be one of only four states to obtain such a valuable partnership.
The Israeli Home Front Command exists to provide civilian protection in times of crisis or war, and aids in rescue and recovery efforts, both in Israel and abroad. The Missouri National Guard will participate in joint training exercises with the HFC and exchange best practices on homeland defense tactics, techniques, and procedures.
The similarities between the missions of the HFC and the Missouri National Guard make this a natural fit.
“Missouri stands with Israel. It was a Missouri president, Harry Truman, who first recognized the State of Israel,” Governor Greitens said. “Today I’m proud to announce that Missouri National Guard troops and Israeli Home Front Command troops will literally be standing and training side by side.”
Missouri’s experience in responding to natural disasters and expertise in responding to chemical threats made Missouri a prime candidate for the partnership.
This relationship was developed during the Governor’s trade mission to Israel in 2017, where he met with a number of Israeli organizations to promote Missouri as a growing leader in the security and defense industries.