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Commander

Brigade General Raimundas VAIKŠNORAS

Commander of the Land Force

 

 

Brig Gen R. Vaikšnoras was born on 12 July 1970 in Druskininkai. He started his military career on 28 February 1991 when he was assigned as an intelligence specialist to the Training Unit of the National Defence Department of Lithuania. He took the serviceman's oath on 11 March 1991. During his military service the General followed the path of a soldier, a sergeant and an officer. He started from the position of rifleman, then he was a section and platoon commander, later began his career as an officer.

 

Brig Gen R. Vaikšnoras graduated from Platoon and Company Commander Courses in Denmark, Staff Officer Courses in Germany, Lithuania and Sweden, Joint Command and General Staff Officer Course in the Baltic Defence College, Estonia, as well as the Strategic Defence Studies at the United States Army War College.

 

During his military service in the Lithuanian Armed Forces Brig Gen R. Vaikšnoras served as the Platoon and Company Commander of the Motor-Airborne troops, he was the Commander of two battalions in Rukla and Vilnius, and the Commander of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf". In his military service, he also took the positions of staff officer and chief officer of combat training, defence planning and operations control. Once he was deployed to serve in a mission headquarters in Afghanistan. During his senior staff officer's career, the General was responsible for capability development and operations in the Land Force Headquarters, Joint Staff and Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

 

Brig Gen R. Vaikšnoras' decorations include the Commemorative Badge to Mark Russian Troops Withdrawal from Lithuania, Medal of the Founding Volunteers of the Lithuanian Army, Honour Badge "Iron Wolf", National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Medal for Deployment on International Missions, Lithuanian Armed Forces and Land Forces Medals for Distinguished Service, Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal of Merit (with Bronze Pillars) and other awards.

 

Brig Gen R. Vaikšnoras is a member of the Union of Founding Volunteers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

 

SERVICE IN THE LITHUANIAN ARMED FORCES

1991 Intelligence Specialist of the Training Unit of the National Defence Department.

1991-03-11 Serviceman's Oath.

1991 Rifleman and Section Leader, Training Unit, National Defence Department.

1992 Platoon Commander, Vilnius Motor-Airborne Battalion, Field Army Brigade.

1993 Motor-Airborne Company Commander, Vilnius Motor-Airborne Battalion (later - Motorized Infantry Battalion) (presently - Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion).

1997 Senior Instructor of Topography, Peace Support Forces Training Centre.

1997 Chief of Staff, Peace Support Forces Training Centre.

1998 Chief Specialist, Military training Branch (S-3), Rukla Training Regiment.

1999 Commander of 2nd Training Battalion, Training Regiment.

2000 Analysis Senior Specialist, Defence Planning Branch, J-3, Defence Staff, Ministry of National Defence.

2001 Senior Specialist, Defence Planning Branch, J-3, Defence Staff, Ministry of National Defence.

2005 Chief of Operations Control Centre, Field Forces Headquarters, Lithuanian Armed Forces.

2006-2007 Service in international mission in Afghanistan, Regional Command West, International Security Assistance Forces.

2007 Commander of Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Staff Battalion, Lithuanian Armed Forces

2010 Deputy Chief of Staff, Land Force Headquarters, Lithuanian Armed Forces.

2013 Commander of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf", Lithuanian Armed Forces.

2016 Chief of Operations Department J3, Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

2018 Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Operations, Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

2019 Commander of Lithuanian Land Forces.

 

MILITARY RANKS

From 1991 - Rifleman, Master Sergeant

1992 Lieutenant (OF-1)

1994 First Lieutenant (OF-1)

1997 Captain (OF-2)

2002 Major (OF-3)

2008 Lieutenant Colonel (OF-4)

2012 Colonel (OF-5)

2018 Brigadier General (OF-6)

 

EDUCATION

Master's degree in Strategic Defence Studies at the United States Army War College (2013).

General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Motorized Infantry Platoon Commander (1997), higher education (Public Management) (2002).

 

COURSES

1994 Platoon Commander Courses - Danish Military School (Denmark).

1995 Company Commander and Junior Staff Officer Courses - Danish Military School (Denmark).

2000 NATO Civil Emergency Planning - Civil Protection Department (Lithuania).

2002 NATO Peace Support Operations Course - NATO School (Germany).

2003 Staff Officer Course - NATO School (Germany).

2003 Staff Officer Course - International Joint Task Force Headquarters (Sweden).

2004 Captain Course - General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania (Lithuania).

2005 Joint Command and General Staff Officer Course - the Baltic Defence College (Estonia).

2009 NATO Staff officer orientation Course - NATO School (Germany).

2013 Strategic Defence Studies - United States Army War College (JAV).

2016 Cyber Defence at Operation Level Course - NATO Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (Estonia).

 

DECORATIONS

Commemorative Badge to Mark Russian Troops Withdrawal from Lithuania.

Medal of the Founding Volunteers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

Mechanized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf" Honour Badge "Iron Wolf".

Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal for Distinguished Service.

National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Commemorative Medal of Lithuania's Accession to NATO.

National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Medal for Deployment on International Missions.

Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal of Merit.

Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal of Merit (with Bronze Pillars).

Divisions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal for Distinguished Service (National Defence Volunteer Forces).

Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal "100 Years for the Re-established Lithuanian Armed Forces".

Certificates of Commendation by the Command of National Defence System, Personal Gifts from the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Chief of Defence of the Republic of Lithuania, Commander of Lithuanian Land Forces.

 

Marital status: married, has two daughters and a son.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 

Updated on: 2019-07-31
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