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Chief of Defence on a visit in the United States


Chief of Defence of Lithuania Maj Gen Valdemaras Rupšys is on a visit in the United States of America attending various events and meetings this week.

Chief of Defence has already attended the swearing-in ceremony of the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley who replaced General Joseph Dunford.

"I thank General Joseph Dunford for the active cooperation of the U.S. and the Lithuanian Armed Forces, U.S. presence in the region and assistance in filling critical military capability gaps. I wish the incoming Chairman General Mark A. Milley success in the new position and I am convinced that the cooperation between the U.S. and the Lithuanian Armed Forces will grow, become stronger, will be mutually beneficial, and contribute to common security and defence goals," Lithuania's Chief of Defence said.

After the swearing-in ceremony Maj Gen V. Rupšys had a chance to congratulate General Mark A. Milley on the new appointment and wish him luck in person.

Later Chief of Defence met with the Ambassador of Lithuania to the United States Rolandas Kriščiūnas to discuss the Lithuanian-U.S. cooperation and relevant issues.

Maj Gen V. Rupšys also met with the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania and will visit Oshkosh Corporation together to meet with its representatives. The company would manufacturer the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) for the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The U.S. Government authorised Lithuania to buy 500 armoured all-terrain combat support JLTVs, Lithuania plans procuring 200 so far. The authorised number is larger in case the Lithuanian Armed Forces needs changed.

The U.S. commitments to regional security, military presence and visibility in Lithuania and the region is one of the most essential assurances of the security and stability of Lithuania. The United States is implementing wide-ranging measures of deterrence in the Baltic region in support of NATO efforts and according to a bilateral principle. The U.S. was the first ally to deploy air defence reinforcement - additional fighter aircraft and personnel - for persistent presence in the Baltic states when the security situation changed in the region and Europe in spring 2014. U.S. soldiers are deployed to train in military exercises and other military cooperation events in Lithuania, the United States also leads the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group Poland as part of the efforts to strengthen the Alliance's eastern border.


Defence cooperation of Lithuania and the United States gathered additional pace with the signature of a cooperation agreement in January 2017. The agreement reiterates both nations' commitments to work side by side to strengthen the NATO alliance, increase the European security, and fight global security threats.

Photo credits: Maj Rimvydas Senkevičius


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Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence of Lithuania Maj Tomas Balkus
+370 5 278 5091, +370 682 25359, [email protected]

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