On June 3–10 Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys is conducting a visit to the United States where he is going to meet with Adjutant-General of Pennsylvania Maj Gen Mark J. Schindler, visit the Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center and the U.S. Army War College. Chief of Defence will also attend events at the NATO Allied Command Transformation where he is planned to meet with the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Gen Philippe Lavigne.
This year Lithuania celebrates the 30th anniversary of cooperation with the Pennsylvania National Guard (PANG), one of the largest National Guards in the United States, under the State Partnership Program (SPP). The long-standing cooperation between Lithuania and the PANG has been recognized with the “Partnership of the Year” PANG Bureau award at the annual SPP Partner Conference. The very first programme to launch the cooperation between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Pennsylvania National Guard was aimed at bringing Lithuania closer to the Western military standard and compatibility. The results of mutual efforts distinguish us among the 88 programmes underway today with 100 countries worldwide.
Lt Gen V. Rupšys and Gen P. Lavigne will meet bilaterally to discuss the current issues concerning hybrid warfare and the security aspect of cyber and climate that require novation and synchronization across the Alliance.