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The US Pennsylvania National Guard Commander visiting Lithuanian military units



Between 30 August and 1 September Commander of the US Pennsylvania National Guard, Major General Jessica L. Wright, will be visiting Lithuania.


The Major General - led delegation will meet with Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Major General Valdas Tutkus, leadership of the Lithuanian Land Forces.


The agenda for the visit includes visits to the Lithuanian Great Duke Algirdas Motorised Infantry Battalion in Rukla, Regional Airspace Control Centre in Karmėlava, the Division General Stasys Raštikis Non-commissioned Officers School, the Adolfas Ramanauskas Military Advanced Training Centre in Nemenčinė. Major General Wright is also scheduled to visit the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania.


Lithuanian military personnel have attended the US Pennsylvania National Guard exercise GUARDEX. In 1999, thirty troops of the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces represented the Lithuanian Armed Forces in PARTNER CHALLENGE'99 exercise in Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvanian National Guard troops took part in the international exercise Amber Hope in Lithuania in 2002 and 2003. The National Guard personnel also plan to attend the said series of the exercise in 2005.


It was in 1996 when the Pennsylvania National Guard delegation, led by Commander Major General J.W. Mac Vay visited Lithuania for the first time.


Major General Wright was appointed as the Commander of the Pennsylvanian National Guard in February 2004. She began her military career as an enlistee in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1975. Major General Wright became the first female Army aviator in the Army National Guard. She was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 2001 and advance to the current rank in 2004.













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