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Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion (JVEB)
The Engineer Battalion was established on 15 August. On 31 December 1999, the Engineer Battalion (previously called Separate Engineer Battalion) was given the name of Juozas Vitkus-Kazimieraitis and till the present day is known as Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion.
The aim of the Engineer Battalion is to increase the efficiency of combat and support units of Lithuanian Armed Forces by conducting tasks related to mobility, counter mobility, survival, and general engineering support.
Battalion is comprised of the headquarters and five companies, i.e. 1st, 2nd Engineer, General Engineering, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and Staff Support. In order to ensure safe and proper disposal of explosives as well as elimination of unexploded ammunition from Lithuania, EOD company units are located in a different territory of Lithuania, e.g. Vilnius, Kaunas, Panevėžys, Alytus, Klaipėda, and Tauragė.
All equipment and weapons used in the Battalion are the same as used in Land force units. However, several pieces of equipment are specific and require special operating knowledge. The Engineer Battalion is the only one that operates Pontoon bridge system in the Baltic States.
The Battalion is involved in active cultural life. Red-letter days of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Armed Forces are celebrated. Members of the Battalion attend lectures related to the spiritual and civic education, political science, excursions, cultural tours in Lithuania, as well as participate in sports events.
Troops of the Battalion not only maintain close relations with the citizens of Kaunas, but also take part in various events. The citizens of Kaunas willingly attend organized festivals and events that take place in the Battalion.