On July 25 through 28 Inspector of the German Army Lt Gen Alfons Mais and German Bundstag’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces Dr. Eva Hoegl. This is the first Lt Gen A. Mais is visiting Lithuania in the current capacity. His visit to Lithuania began with a meeting with Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys and Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brig Gen Raimundas Vaikšnoras.
“Germany is one of the key partners in planning our national defence and in deterrence. I can attest that their support and presence in our country is comprehensive and I trust that it is appreciated not only by the military but also by the community. Service with the NATO unit gives our soldiers a unique training and improvement opportunity. Exercise Schneller Degen 2021 nearing the wrap here is not only a sign of trust in Lithuania but also an excellent opportunity to test our host nation support capacity. The assurance from our German guests that the exercise is returning to Lithuania within a few years again is the highest evaluation to the Lithuanian Armed Forces,” said Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen V. Rupšys.
The topics covered at the meeting encompassed cooperation opportunities, the current situation in Lithuania and potential foreign aid in addressing. The member of the German Bundestag assured that each NATO Force Integration Unit rotation returned from Lithuania stronger and improved, so delegating troop to Lithuania benefited both sides.
The guests also visited the Lithuanian Land Force Headquarters in Vilnius and met with Land Force Commander Brig Gen R. Vaikšnoras and received briefings about the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
Inspector of the German Army and German Bundstag’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces are also planned to meet with Chief of the Defence Staff Brig Gen Mindaugas Steponavičius and visit the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU). The delegation will meet with German soldiers serving in Rukla and visit Exercise Schneller Degen of the German 10th Panzer Division running in Nemenčinė and Pabradė.
Information credits: Lithuanian Armed Forces
Photo credits: Capt Paulius Babilas, Sgt SPc 1st Class Ieva Budzeikaitė.