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The final KFOR welcomed home in Panevėžys
2009-07-07
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Homecoming ceremony of the 20th rotation of Lithuanian platoon KFOR-20 will be held in Panevėžys on July 8. The coming back troops will be welcomed by the Minister of National Defence Rasa Juknevičienė, acting Chief of Defence of Lithuania Adm. (R) Kęstutis Macijauskas, Commander of the National Defence Volunteer Force Col. Antanas Plieskis, and other representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Armed Forces; they will be awarded with medals for participation in international operations and other signs of distinction.
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Second rotation of National Support Element finished evaluation exercise
2009-07-07
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On June 29-July 2 evaluation exercise of the second rotation of the National Support Element (NSE) took place in Gen. Adolfas Ramanauskas Combat Training Centre (Nemenčinė). NSE is responsible for providing general logistic support for Lithuanian military units deployed in Afghanistan and Lithuanian troops serving in international staffs. During the exercise readiness of NSE-2 for participation in the mission was evaluated.
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Chief of Defence will return regalia of command to the Commander-in-Chief of Lithuanian Armed Forces
2009-07-03
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On July 3 at midday Chief of Defence of Lithuania will solemnly return regalia of authority to the Command-in-Chief of Lithuanian Armed Forces in the Cathedral Square, Vilnius. Outgoing Chief of Defence Lt. Gen. Valdas Tutkus will say goodbye to the members of Lithuanian Armed Forces and return regalia of command to the Commander-in-Chief of Lithuanian armed Forces President of the Republic of Lithuania H.E. Valdas Adamkus.

 

Solemn parade conducted to honour the outgoing General will include representation from the main divisions of Lithuanian Armed Forces: platoons of MIB „Iron Wolf" battalions, platoons from the Air Force, Naval Force, NDVF, Logistics Command, and Training and Personnel Command, a platoon of the Military Academy cadets, Honour Guard Company, and Band of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will be present.

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Logistics specialists working in Afghanistan commended on the State of Lithuania Day
2009-07-03
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July 2, HQ of Logistics Command of Lithuanian Armed Forces celebrated Coronation of King of Lithuania Mindaugas and State of Lithuania Day. During the event logistics specialists working in Afghanistan were awarded for outstanding merits.

 

Commander of Logistics Command Col. Ovidijus Eitminavičius bestowed Lithuanian Land Force Distinguished Service Medal on two logistics specialists of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytenis General Support Logistics Battalion. WO Viktoras Ruseckas and M. Sgt. Rolandas Šunskis were appreciated for personal contribution and dedication in fulfilling service under extreme conditions in the international NATO's operation in Afghanistan.

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Commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard visited Joint Staff Headquarters
2009-07-02
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July 1, Commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright visited Joint Staff Headquarters of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The US General and Chief of Joint Staff Brig. Gen. Algis Vaičeliūnas discussed possibilities of upgrading further cooperation in the sector of international operations. Activities - planning of military operations - and structure of the Joint Staff established in 2008 was introduced to the guest.
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PRT-9 conducted five-day patrol in the south of Ghowr
2009-07-02
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MLOTs of Lithuanian-led PRT-9 finished patrolling in southern regions of Ghowr province on July 1. For five days several tens of Lithuanians, Croats and Danes conducted a joint patrol with ANP officers; it was the longest patrol conducted by PRT-9 so far.

 

Goal of the expedition was collecting information about the ongoing preparations in voting centres of Ghowr for presidential elections due in August and elections of provincial councils. Collection of information was conducted by request of the Government of Afghanistan.

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Boat M51 „Kuršis
2009-07-01
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On July 1 mine hunter and sweeper of Lithuanian Naval Force M51 „Kuršis" began a half-year standby period in the NATO Response Force (NRF-13).

„Kuršis" will be attached to the NATO Standing Mine Counter Measures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) currently commanded by the Naval Force of Italy (IT MARFOR) during the duty period.

Once she has entered NRF-13, „Kuršis" is ready to reach location of any operation within five days.
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Outgoing Lithuanian CHOD awarded with the State Security Department Badge of Merits for Intelligence
2009-06-30
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June 30, Director General of the National Security Department Povilas Malakauskas bestowed the outgoing Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt. Gen. Valdas Tutkus for his cooperation and extraordinary contribution to strengthening national intelligence and counter-intelligence with a State Security Department Badge of Merits for Intelligence.
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Baltic Military Sports Games were lucky for Birutė Battalion
2009-06-29
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On June 16-19 7th Baltic Military Sports Games took place in Aluksnė Town (Latvia). Lithuanian representatives, Grand Lithuanian Duchess Birutė Motorised Infantry Battalion (Alytus), were successful in the matches of small football and beach volleyball.

 

Beach volleyball players 1st Lt. Andrius Česnauskas and Lt. Tomas Stakvilevičius made it to the semi-finals after a successful game in the subgroup and against the Estonian-I and Latvian-II teams. After winning against the Lithuanian-II team in the semi-finals they met with a strong Latvian-I team. After a dangerous advantage of four scores to the Latvian side in the first set and the Lithuanian's advantage of three in the second, our team won the first place with the advantage of five points.

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Back in Lithuania
2009-06-26

Lt. Col. Vytautas Reklaitis
Commander of Žemaičių Territorial Unit and PRT-8


How does it feel back in Lithuania?
- It feels great. It is nice to see green nature and feel civilisation again. I really missed my family and friends.
How do you estimate your comrade peacekeepers, are you satisfied with the work PRT-8 has accomplished?
- Yes, I am perfectly happy about our service. I believe our team worked well and I am also very glad about input of individual soldiers into the mission. I am really grateful for their service.

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