On July 22 President of the Republic of Lithuania promoted by decree two officers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to a senior officer rank at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
The rank of general was bestowed on the Director of the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence Remigijus Baltrėnas and on Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Mindaugas Steponavičius. Both of the new Generals were also presented with a sword with their names etched in for merits in strengthening national defence of the Republic of Lithuania.
The new Generals are both graduates of the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania and the U.S. Army War College. Brigadier General R. Baltrėnas also studied at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in the U.S., and Brigadier General M. Steponavičius graduated from the Baltic Defence College in Estonia.
Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys were also in attendance at the ceremony.
The Decrees of the President of the Republic of Lithuania concerning promotion of two officers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to the rank of general came into force as of July 20. Candidates for promotions are nominated by the Minister of National Defence.
The number of senior officers is increased on the basis of strengthened capabilities for territorial defence in order to continue manning tactical units to the extent sufficient to carry out collective defence operations with allied troops. The increase in the number of senior officers will ensure that an officer assigned to a position requiring a specific rank is promoted to that rank. The numbers of Lithuanian Armed Forces career soldiers, volunteer soldiers, Mandatory Initial Military Service soldiers, and cadets serving in the National Defence System is steadily growing.
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