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Cooperation between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard turns 27

Cooperation between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard turns 27

On April 27 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys has a telephone call with Adjutant-General Major General Anthony J. Carrelli of the Pennsylvania National Guard (PANG), the two generals talked about the 27th anniversary of cooperation between their forces.


"Continuous uninterrupted military cooperation between Lithuania and the United States of America is very important. I thank the Pennsylvania National Guard for the unceasing assistance to the Lithuanian Armed Forces in developing our military capabilities and infrastructure. PANG has been adding strength to the Lithuanian Armed Forces for 27 years now. U.S. military presence in the region has international weight, strengthens deterrence, and security of the eastern NATO border," Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys stressed during the call.


The chiefs extended congratulations to each other on the lasting cooperation and discussed the current security situation. They exchanged assessments of the COVID-19 situation and its impact on armed forces activities. Adjutant-General Maj Gen Anthony J. Carrelli expressed a hope that deployment to an international operation with Lithuanians would be considered in the future again, just like a decade ago, that way further strengthening the cooperation.


Relevance of cooperation with the Pennsylvania National Guard grew additionally in 2019: an agreement embedding the intent to develop a division-level command and control (C2) capability was signed by Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brigadier General Raimundas Vaikšnoras and Deputy Commanding General of the PANG 28th Infantry Division Brigadier General Mark McCormack.


The Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Pennsylvania National Guard have been cooperating in defence area for 27 years. Numerous joint events, from experience exchange at training, workshops and meetings, to joint deployment to the international operation in Afghanistan in 2009-2012 have been held successfully over the time.


The United States is Lithuania's strategic partner and key ally for the security of the Baltic region. The U.S. actively participates in the implementation of the Assurance Measures in the Baltic states thus strengthening security and stability in the region. The first "Train-the-trainer" team started working in Lithuania in April 1993. Over the quarter of decade numerous joint events, from experience exchange at training, workshops and meetings, to joint deployment to the international operation in Afghanistan in 2009-2012. PANG troops take part in exercises in the Baltic region on a regular basis and Lithuanian troops take part in exercise, instructor training programmes, and other events in Pennsylvania.


Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence Maj Tomas Balkus
+370 (5) 278 5091, +370 682 25359, tomas.balkus@mil.lt