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Chief of Defence General Valdemaras Rupšys attends Northern Europe Chiefs of Defense Conference

Chief of Defence General  Valdemaras Rupšys attends Northern Europe Chiefs of Defense Conference

November 8–9 Chief of Defence General Valdemaras Rupšys attends the Norther European Chiefs of Defence Conference in Kromhoutkazerne, the Netherlands, where Chiefs of Defence and top military representatives of the United States in Europe will discuss the most relevant security and defence capability building affairs, as well as overview the regional security situation and hear insights of individuals countries.

The event is held under the auspices of General Christopher G. Cavoli, Commander of the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander) and co-hosted with Chief of Defence of the Netherlands General Onno Eichelsheim. Sessions of the Conference will address prospects of further assistance to Ukraine with a significant focus on training assistance, as well as China’s influence on the security in the region, the EU Military Mobility Initiative which concerns maritime and air port infrastructure development for a more streamlined Allied force movement and requires joint action of all the Northern European countries. The Conference will also address the Rotational NATO Air Defence Model: countries will be invited to join the initiative and ensure security of the international airspace over the Baltic Sea. Cybersecurity will be equally high on the agenda, specifically, data flow and technology security in the context of climate change and the war in Ukraine.

Sergeant Majors of the Northern European armed forces convene during the conference as well, Sgt Maj Remigijus Katinas attends the event on Lithuania’s behalf. Their agenda covers the importance of NCO corps development in light of the treats and shifting security situation, recruitment to career military service and retention, NCO performance efficiency and enhancement.

The Northern Europe Chiefs of Defence Conference is once a year on a rotational basis with EUCOM invitees from Denmark, , Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and Director General of the Directorate of Security and Defence Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland.

Photo credit: SSgt Spc Ieva Budzeikaitė