On March 6 a renovated gym of General Povilas Plechavičius Cadet Lyceum School was named after Major General Sidney Shachnow, U.S. Army.
The idea was made reality by the U.S. Army CIMIC Team and the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The gym was renovated and funds were raised to buy sports equipment by soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Force, cadets of the Lyceum School, and other participants of the project.
The ribbon cutting was attended by Chief of Staff of the 2nd Territorial Unit, National Defence Volunteer Force, Maj Skomantas Povilionis, officer of the 1st Battalion, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, deployed in Lithuania Maj Wilford Garmin, representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania, Lithuanian Armed Forces and other organisations that had contributed to the work.
"The facility will help young present and future leaders improve themselves physically and build relationships. Our military and young leaders respect the same values for the good of the Motherland and our allies. It was our honour to cooperate with the Lithuanian Armed Forces, future leaders, and the community that has welcomed us with such warmth," representative of the 1st Battalion, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, Major W. Garmin said.
The gym of the Cadet Lyceum School was named to honour Maj Gen Sidney Shachnow of the U.S. Army who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, in 1934. He was in service with the U.S. Armed Forces for 42 years. Maj Gen S. Shachnow employed his in-depth and long military experience fighting in Vietnam, leading the U.S. Armed Forces in Berlin and John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Centre and School. Recipient of the Silver Star Medal, second highest U.S. military decoration, twice. S. Shachnow died in 2018, buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
General Povilas Plechavičius Cadet Lyceum School is a high-school education institution delivering basic and secondary education programmes. The School focusses heavily on extracurricular activities in order to cultivate creativity, civil spirit and leadership. The cadets actively participate in cultural, healthy lifestyle, sports and other events. Their civil consciousness is fostered through social-public campaigns, ethno-cultural activities, participation in national holiday celebrations and events organised by social partners.
Based on Lithuanian Armed Forces information
Photo credits: Sgt Megan Zande