A five-person delegation from the Republic of Armenia will visit Kansas May 11-17 as part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program. The purpose of the visit is to allow Armenian officials to observe firsthand how law enforcement officers handle crime scenes; recover, process and store evidence; and how crime analysts are able to track and predict future crime trends.
The State Partnership Program matches state National Guards with developing nations to foster mutually beneficial military-to-military, military-to-civilian, and civilian-to-civilian relationships. The Kansas National Guard has been partnered with the Republic of Armenia since 2003.
The Armenian delegation will consist of Sergey Abrahamyan, head of International Legal Provision Branch and deputy head of Defense Policy Department; Col. Sasun Simonyan, deputy head of the Legal Department; Col. Hovik Hovhannisyan, head of Investigation Branch, Military Police; Lt. Col. Armen Mnatsakanyan, deputy head of Operational Intelligence Branch, Military Police and Armine Martirosyan, translator, U.S. Embassy Office of Defense Cooperation.
“The government of Armenia has expressed an interest in learning how we handle criminal, legal and judicial matters in Kansas,” said Lt. Col. Matt Oleen, staff judge advocate for the Adjutant General’s Department. “These types of visits provide an opportunity for them to observe our processes and consider whether any of them would be beneficial to their judicial system. Likewise, we are always eager to learn from our Armenian counterparts regarding how they conduct their military and civil affairs.”
During their visit the delegation will meet with Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general, and members of Joint Forces Headquarters staff, and receive briefings on legal operations in the Kansas National Guard and the Kansas Code of Military Justice. They will also meet with Gov. Sam Brownback for a brief photo opportunity on Monday, May 13 and attend the reading of a resolution in the Kansas House chamber at 10 a.m. celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Armenia-Kansas partnership. Their itinerary also includes visits to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. District Court in Topeka, Shawnee County Courthouse, the Military Discipline Barracks at Fort Leavenworth and the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.