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First rotation of the Belgian company in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion farewelled, to be replaced soon

2017.05.29
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On May 26 soldiers of the Kingdom of Belgium were farewelled and decorated at a ceremony at the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment after finishing their rotation in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup in Lithuania. This is the first rotation of soldiers assigned to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup to finish their tour of duty in Lithuania.

 

Commander of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf Colonel Mindaugas Steponavičius, Commander of the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Aleksiejus Gaiževskis, and Chief of Staff of Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalion Major Deimantas Čyžius bestowed decorations on the soldiers of the logistical Belgium’s company after having served in Lithuania since February.

 

The Belgian contingent was decorated with Medals for Contribution to Mutual Support, exceptional performance was recognised with the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Lithuanian Land Force Medal for Distinguished Service, commendation of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf.

 

Commander of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf Colonel Mindaugas Steponavičius and Commander of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Huber thanked troops for their service and wished a good journey home.

 

The logistical company of the multinational NATO unit formed mainly by Belgium performs logistical support tasks, provides support during movement of forces. The Belgian company will be replaced in a short while and a new rotation will continue logistical functions.

 

Formation of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup is a constant process. Today the NATO unit will be supplemented with 200 soldiers from Norway whose equipment and weaponry was brought to Lithuania last week. In June the multinational battlegroup will be joined by Luxembourg’s soldiers.

 

In 2017-2018 the NATO eFP unit in Lithuania will be manned by Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and France. The Battlegroup in Lithuania is mainly composed of German troops and is led by a German officer.

 

NATO enhances its forward presence in the eastern flank by deploying four battlegroups in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland on a rotational basis. The battlegroups led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States are multinational, combat-ready forces that showcase the strength of the Trans-Atlantic bond. Their deployment signals that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all. The deployment is also the largest ever enhancement of NATO’s collective defence, including the NATO presence in the Black Sea region.

 

NATO enhanced Forward Presence

 

Photo credits: Corporal Harm (Belgian Armed Forces)

 

POC: Project officer of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf Skomantas Povilionis, e-mail: [email protected] ; mob phone no: 0037061278315

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