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Chief of Defence of the Republic of Lithuania
















Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas 



Date of birth


 1 June 1962


Place of birth


 Kaunas, Lithuania






1985 - 1991 History Faculty, Vilnius University, Lithuania
1992- 1994 The German Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Germany
2006-2007 NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy


















1990 Inspector of section II, the National Defence Department

1991 Took the oath of allegiance to the Republic of Lithuania in the Seimas on January 8,      took part in defence against the Soviet Union in January and August of 1991

1991 Deputy Commander, Training Unit ofthe National Defence Department
1992 Commander, Kaunas Motorborne Battalion, Field Army Brigade
1992 Deputy Commander, Field Army Brigade
1994 Chief of Staff-Deputy Commander, Motorized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf"
1995 Commander, Motorized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf"
2001 Defence Attache to Germany (also Austria, the Netherlands and Luxembourg)
2004 Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command, Lithuanian Armed Forces
2007 Acting Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force
2008 Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force

2012 Military Representative of Lithuania to NATO and EU

2014 Chief of Defence






Major awards and decorations










1992 - Commemorative Medal of 13 January
1993 - Sign of Honour „Iron Wolf" of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade „Iron Wolf"
1995 - Establishing Volunteers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal
1998 - Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Cross of Vytis
2000 - Cross of Officer of the Order of Merit to the Republic of Poland
2000 - Medal of Independence of Lithuania
2001 - Lithuanian Armed Forces Medal of Merit
2004 - National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Commemorative Medal
of Lithuania's Accession to NATO
2012 - National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Medal of Merit
2012 - Latvian Land Force Medal of Merit I Grade
2014 - National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Medal for Distinguished
2015 - Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star of Sweden
2016 - Medal of Honour I Grade of the National Security and Defense Council of
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
2016 - Commander Grand Cross of the Order of Viesturs of the Republic of Latvia

2016 - II Grade Cross "To the Help of Neighbour" of the Fire and Rescue Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania
2017 - Joint Commendation Medal of the Defence General Staff of the Republic of

 Marital status Married, has a son


Biography pdf




Updated on: 2017-06-06
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