Major Gen. Max Haston has another honor to add to his long list of accomplishments.
The Warren County native who is top commander of the Tennessee National Guard has recently been recognized for training exercises conducted in Denmark.
In a ceremony at the Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville, Major Gen. Haston received the Danish Home Guard Meritorious Service Medal.
The award was presented by the commander of the Danish Home Guard, Maj. Gen. Finn Winkler, for spearheading the groundwork for future training opportunities between the Tennessee National Guard and the Danish Home Guard.
“The Danish Home Guard has one of the strongest National Guard organizations in the world,” said Haston. “The Queen of Denmark even served in their Home Guard. Denmark was looking for more opportunities to collaborate with its U.S. allies and we stepped up and were able to assist. Our forces work very well together. We can learn a great deal from each other.”
Last year, members of Tennessee’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, as well as units from the Michigan National Guard, participated in a joint exercise with the Danish Home Guard in Jutland, Denmark.
According to Staff Sgt. Thomas Vega of the Michigan National Guard, during this large-scale, Danish-led NATO exercise, participants collaborated on marksmanship and squad-level movement.
“We learned of several programs that can improve focus on our own disaster planning,” said Haston.
The Denmark and U.S. National Guard partnership is not new. While Denmark is not one of the countries the National Guard collaborates with through the State Partnership Program, the country is part of the National Guard’s exchange program, per a partnership agreement that was signed in December of 2012.
Haston was honored March 27.