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Baltic states’, Nordic, Polish Air Force Commanders and Commander AIRCOM visit Lithuania


On March 22 Commander AIRCOM and Commanders of the Air Forces of the Nordic, Baltic countries and Poland will discuss security situation in the region, military cooperation, and share air force status updates at a meeting in Lithuania.


Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will meet with Commander AIRCOM General Tod Wolters to discuss air security and Baltic airspace defensibility.


The delegation visiting the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai includes Major General Tonje Skinnarland, Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force, Major General Kim Erkki Akseli Jaameri, Commander of the Finnish Air Force, Major General Mats Helgesson, Chief of Staff of the Swedish Air Force,- Brigadier General Cezary Wisniewski, Inspector of the Polish Air Force, Colonel Armands Saltups, Commander of the Latvian Air Force and Colonel Jaak Tarien, Commander of the Estonian Air Force. Brigadier General Lone Traeholt, Commander of Expeditionary Air Staff, will take part on behalf of the Commander of the Danish Royal Air Force.


The Lithuanian Air Force and security situation in the region will be presented to the delegation by acting Commander of the Air Force Colonel Devis Martusevičius and Commander of the Lithuanian Air Force Base Colonel Marius Matulaitis. The guests will also meet the Netherlands Air Force Detachment currently conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states.


The Netherlands is currently conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states with four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, the four-month rotation began in January 2017. The Baltic Air Policing Mission was launched in March 2004 upon the NATO accession of three Baltic states.


NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) is based in Ramstein, Germany.


For the Media


Media representatives wishing to attend the media opportunity with Commander AIRCOM General T. Wolters, and Baltic, Nordic and Polish Air Force Commanders on March 22 are invited to register by phone 00370-41 592151 or e-mail [email protected] until March 21, 1600hrs. Please indicate your full name, media outlet, work position, e-mail and phone no. upon registration.


Registered media representatives are invited to arrive at the check-post of the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai on March 22 until 1400hrs.


Please have your ID document, foreign media should have an accreditation card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or a temporary pass issued by the Ministry of National Defence for visiting national defence institutions (http://kam.lt/en/new.html); freelancers and other persons working with public information should have a pas issued by the Ministry of National Defence (http://kam.lt/lt/ziniasklaidai.html).


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