Regional defence plans addressed during JFC-B Commander’s visit

Regional defence plans addressed during JFC-B Commander’s visit

Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum (Netherlands) General Guglielmo Luigi Miglietta is in Lithuania on his second visit. At the meeting with Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys Generals discussed the regional security situation, regional defence plans, nearest exercises and support to Ukraine. Lithuania falls in the area of responsibility of General G. L. Miglietta’s Command in charge of NATO capability generation and operational command of military activity in the Baltic region, including Lithuania.

“Collective defence is a demanding but, I am certain, the most effective deterrence or counterstrike in case of any aggression. The adaptive regional defence plans, NATO Air Policing Mission, NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group has been and will remain in the coming year a strong signal to the adversary that all Allies take NATO commitments seriously and respond to the changes in the security situation in the Baltic region or anywhere else,” said Chief of Defence of Lithuania.

Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum is an operational-level headquarters responsible for ensuring operational-level command for the NATO Response Force (NRF) and generation of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). JFC Brunssum also ensures the communication between NATO’s structure of command and force, and coordination of NATO’s measures of deterrence and readiness for defence in our region.

“We, the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, understand that our Lithuanian and other Baltic Allies feel a direct threat in the area of the Suwalki Corridor, which should be a reminder to all of us that the Alliance has to take this situation seriously. There are approx. 1,600 NATO women and men on the ground in Lithuania whose presence ensures support, solidarity and mutual self-defence. It is a steadfast NATO commitment to support our friends and Allies in the Baltic states and Poland, as well as to defend every inch of Allied territory. Together we are stronger, we are NATO,” underscored Gen G. L. Miglietta.

After finishing the round of meetings with Lithuanian Armed Forces representatives, Gen G. L. Miglietta will pay a visit to Rukla to meet the leadership of the IB Iron Wolf and the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group Lithuania, talk to members of the units and view an equipment and weaponry exposition.

Photo credits: Sgt Spc 1st Class Ieva Budzeikaitė