On January 8 Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas pad his first visit to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion Battle Group in Rukla in his present capacity. Minister familiarised with the NATO eFP Battle Group, the conditions of its service and unique features of its combat training.
Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas and Ambassador of Germany Matthias Sonn met with Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys, Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brig Gen Raimundas Vaikšnoras, Commander of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade (MIB) Iron Wolf Col Mindaugas Petkevičius, and Commander of the NATO eFP Battle Group Lt Col Peer Papenbroock. Commander MIB Iron Wolf Col Mindaugas Petkevičius introduced the visitors to the Brigade history, organisation, combat training, and plans ahead.
Commander Lt Col Peer Papenbroock presented to the delegation NATO eFP Battalion structure, combat training schedule, service conditions, and changes introduced as a result of COVID-19. Lt Col Peer Papenbroock underscored that allied troops alongside Lithuanian hosts were training shoulder to shoulder and learning from each other, and thus making NATO stronger. He also pointed out that the allied troops were eager to learn more about Lithuania, its people, history, and customs, however, they were prevented from going outside of the deployment location because of the pandemic circumstances.
The multinational high-readiness capabilities deployed in the three Baltic states and Poland is a substantial contribution of the Allies to the efforts to enhance regional security. Germany is the framework nation of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, deployed in Lithuania since February 2017. The multinational unit is currently formed by Norway, the Netherlands, France and Germany.
Information and photo credits: MIB Iron Wolf