Additional Lithuanian Armed Forces capabilities were activated and alert time (response to Border Guard Service assistance request) shortened in early November in response to the irregular migration situation on the border. The Lithuanian Armed Forces was offered an industrial territory by a local business to establish a Forward Operating Base (FOB) which now houses military personnel from across the Lithuanian Forces in order to respond shortly to border guard requests as they do daily and train over the rest of the time.
On November 19 Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys paid a visit to FOB Druskininkai to familiarize with the border protection aid operation, observed exercises taking place in the territory with Public Security Service and police colleagues, toured border crossing points that have taking the heaviest migrant load as of recently.
NATO Forward Operating Base (FOB) is the infrastructure that is established for the purpose of various missions and operations within a short distance from where they are executed. It is used for operational planning, accommodating military personnel where they rest and train, and deploy to the areas of operations from. Lithuanian military logisticians have set up every piece of infrastructure that is typical to FOB at Druskininkai: heated tents, mess hall, sanitary areas, parking lots, power supply, and other services necessary for a prolonged stay.
Photo credits: Sgt Spc 1st Class I.Budzeikaite