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Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council, speaks at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council, speaks at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council, speaks at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council, speaks at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

Brig. Gen. Scott Kelly, 175th Wing commander presents Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council, a photo collage after she spoke at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

Brig. Gen. Scott Kelly, 175th Wing commander presents Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council, a photo collage after she spoke at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

Capt. Lacey C Brent, 175th Cyber Operations, introduces Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

Capt. Lacey C Brent, 175th Cyber Operations, introduces Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes/RELEASED)

Col. Marvin Nielsen, 175th Medical Group, speaks with Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes /RELEASED)

Col. Marvin Nielsen, 175th Medical Group, speaks with Marju Rink-Abel, president of the Estonian American National council at Warfield Air National Guard Base on February 8, 2015. Rink-Abel provided Maryland Air National Guardsmen a detailed overview of Estonia, Maryland’s State Partnership Program partner since 1993, Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will go in the near future. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hughes /RELEASED)

BALTIMORE -- Over a hundred Airmen packed a room to hear about the Baltic region country that the Maryland National Guard continues to strengthen its military relationship. Many of the Airmen have either been to Estonia or will soon go. "Cultural exchanges have started," said Marju Rink-Abel. Eleven cities in Maryland have been paired with sister cities in Estonia which is an important civilian initiative. Marju Rink-Abel says it is important that Estonians and Americans get to know each other and that those relationships have fostered growth between the two countries.