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Since joining international operations in 1993 Lithuania has lost two soldiers. 1st Lt. Normundas Valteris fell in Bosnia, Sgt. Arunas Jarmalavicius made the supreme sacrifice while on international mission in Afghanistan. Both of them traded their lives for our, their comrades, and families' safety from mindless terror and radical attacks.
1st Lt. Normundas Valteris
Lithuanian peacekeeper 1st Lt. Normundas Valteris died in international operation Bosnia on 17 April 1996. He was killed as his vehicle drove over a mine while patrolling.
One of the first officers to graduate from the Lithuanian Military Academy, 1st Lt. N. Valteris was waiting for his 24 birthday. A memorial stone for N. Valteris was unveiled on initiative of his platoon comrades within the territory of the Academy.
1st Lt. M. Valteris was posthumously awarded the 2nd degree Order of Vytis Cross for valour and dedication shown in NATO peacekeeping mission in the territory of former Yugoslavia and NATO Medal for Service.
Sgt. Arunas Jarmalavicius
Sergeant Arunas Jarmalavicius was shot dead in an armed assault upon camp Chaghcharan of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghowr, province of Afghanistan , 22 May 2008.2 008.
34 years old A. Jarmalavicius was attached to the Great Duchess of Lithuania Birute Motorised Infantry Battalion in Alytus. He started his career in Lithuanian Armed Forces in 1993. Sgt. A. Jarmalavicius worked as rifleman of the Staff Company's Infantry Guard Squad in Ghowr PRT-7.
Valour and dedication of Sgt. A. Jarmalavicius while fulfilling Lithuania's and NATO's commitments in Afghanistan were posthumously honoured by the Grand Cross of Order of Vytis Cross and the Medal for International Mission oif the National Defence System.