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Chief of Defence Lithuania promoted to the rank of lieutenant general

2015-06-22
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Video report (by E.Žygaitis)

 

On June 22 President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė bestowed the rank of lieutenant general on Chief of Defence of Lithuania Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas for his excellent service and strengthening of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the state at a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace. The ceremony was conducted in the presence of the Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, vicec ministers and the chancellor of the Ministry of National Defence, commanders of the Lithuanian Armed Forces' services and commands, representatives from across the national defence system, and Chief of Defence's family.

 

"The armed forces hold on its hands the function determining the vitality of state - security of Lithuania and its people. This military rank is given in sign of recognition and confidence. It brings an increased responsibility and duty to stand as a role model for the people of Lithuania," the Head of State said at the ceremony.

 

"Chief of Defence lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas was there contributing to the re-establishment and development of the Lithuanian Armed Forces right from the beginning, from the Maidan of Lithuania till the membership in NATO, the world's strongest defence organisation. General's experience in holding positions of command in both, the Lithuanian Armed Forces and NATO structures, his competence and dedication stand out as a true role model for Lithuanian soldiers," Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said.

 

Biography of Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas

 

Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence of Lithuania Captain Mindaugas Neimontas, 00370 5 278 5091, 00370 682 25359.

 

Photo credits: Giedrė Maksimovicz

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