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Chief of the Defence Staff

Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras

Chief of Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces


DATE OF BIRTH 23 April 1961



1978-1982 - Vilnius Air Defense Military Academy
1994-1995 - English Language Course (San Antonio/Texas, USA)
1995-1996 - US Army Command and General Staff College
2004-2005 - NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy)

2006  - Generals, Flag Officers and Ambassadors Course (Rome, Italy)



1982 - Platoon Leader
1984 - Company Commander
1987-1991 - Deputy S3, Air Defense Brigade
1992-1994 and 1996-2000 - Service at Joint, General and Defense Staffs
(served as a Staff Officer, Chief of Section, Division Chief, J3 Chief-Deputy Chief of Defense Staff)
2000 - Chief of Staff, Deputy Commander of the Motorized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf"
2001 - Commander of the Motorized Infantry Brigade "Iron Wolf"
2003 - Chief of Defence Staff of the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania

2008-2012 - Lithuanian Military Representative to NATO and EU (Brussels, Belgium)
2012-2016 - Commandant of the Baltic Defence College

Since 16 August 2016  - Chief of Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces




1982 - Lieutenant
1984 - First Lieutenant
1987 - Captain
1990 - Major
1992 - Major, the Lithuanian Armed Forces
1995 - Lieutenant Colonel
2001 - Colonel
2005 - Brigadier General
2007 - Major General




Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania;

Commemorative Badge to Mark Russian Troops Withdrawal from Lithuania;
Medal of Merit (MoD and Armed Forces levels);
Medal of Distinction (Armed Forces level);
Medal of Distinction (Service level);
Commemorative Sword (awarded by the President of the Republic of Lithuania);

Personal Weapon (awarded by the Minister of MoD)
Honor Badge "Iron Wolf";
Commemorative Medal Marking Lithuanian's Accession to NATO;
Order of Riflemen's Star;

French Officer's Cross of the Order for Merits;

Latvian MoD Award „Medal of Honor";

Latvian Armed Forces Commander´s Medal "For Merits" of 2nd Degree;
Estonian Armed Forces Cross "For Merits";

Distinguished Service Decoration of the Estonian Defence Forces;
Baltic Defence College Medal of Merit (Gold);




English, Russian




Married, has a daughter




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Updated on: 2018-01-02
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