On October 26 - November 15 soldiers of the Lithuanian Land Force headquarters are training at a Warfighter exercise organised by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 28th Infantry Division HQ.
The exercise is designed to train headquarters of the PANG 28ID and assigned units to plan and conduct operations at the same time. The exercise scenario this year focuses on defence of the Baltic states, therefore Lithuanian representatives have been invited. "The opportunity to be a part of such an exercise is especially valuable to the project for developing a Lithuanian Land Force Mission Command Element capable of planning and completing division-level operations. Our staff will gain important experience, enhance operational planning and HQ internal coordination skills," Chief of Staff of the Lithuanian Land Force Col Žilvinas Gaubys said.
The group of Land Force HQ representatives delegated to the exercise comprises the Chief of Staff and officers and NCOs responsible for different functional areas. They will be integrated into 28ID HQ departments to learn from their counterpart specialists, work in the same area of responsibility as at home, analyse procedures, and learn other things about planning and executing operations of such level.
This warfighhter iteration is carried out strictly in accordance with COVID-19 precautions.
On September 13 of 2019 the Lithuanian Land Force signed a cooperation agreement with the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard to develop a division-level command and control (C2) element in Lithuania, for which purpose the 28ID committed to include Lithuanian troops into its training, and assist in drawing up exercise plans, arranging corresponding logistical supply and introducing procedures. The Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard have been developing defence cooperation for 27 years.
Information and photo credits: Lithuanian Land Force