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New U.S. Defence Attaché accredited to Lithuania


On May 31 Defence Attachés of the United States in Lithuania changed over at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence. Lieutenant Colonel John C. Moore was farewelled and relinquished the position to Lieutenant Colonel Scott D. Thompson who was accredited at the event.


After three years in office Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis thanked LTC John C. Moore for excellent work and establishment of great relations with the Lithuanian defence system. LTC J. C. Moore was presented a nominal gift for his personal contribution to developing defence cooperation between Lithuania and the U.S. And to incoming Defence Attaché LTC Scott D. Thompson the Minister wished luck in further developing the cooperation between the two countries which had particularly intensified in the past year. The Minister underlined that Lithuania was in need of reliable and strong partners, and that the U.S. was a key Lithuania’s ally.


The changeover and accreditation ceremony was also attended by Ambassador of the United States in Lithuania HE Anne Hall, representatives of the U.S. Mission and the Lithuanian Armed Forces.


The incoming Defence Attaché LTC Scott D. Thompson began service in the U.S. military in 1996 with the Utah National Guard. The officer has held several positions of command over his career to date LTC S. D. Thompson graduated from the University of Utah, Air Assault and Ranger Schools, the Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, other education institutions in the U.S. and abroad, he is a holder of MAs in business management from Brigham Young University and in European and Eurasian studies from the George Washing University.


The United States of America is Lithuania’s strategic partner and a key ally to our security. Defence cooperation between Lithuania and the U.S. particularly intensified and the scope of U.S. military presence increased when the security situation in Europe changed in spring 2014. The U.S. was the first ally to deploy augmentation of the NATO Air Policing Mission – additional aircraft ad personnel for continued presence in the Baltic states. U.S. troops are training in exercises an other events of defence cooperation held in Lithuania as part of the NATO Readiness Action Plan (RAP) approved at the NATO Summit in Wales on 5 September 2014, the United States also maintain rotating presence in the Republic of Lithuania as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, implements the European Reassurance Initiative, and other security measures. The U.S. is also the framework nation of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup in Poland as the eastern flank of the Alliance is strengthened.


The defence cooperation between Lithuania and the U.S. was particularly boosted by the signature of cooperation agreement between the two countries in January. The document reiterates both countries’ determination to work side by side to strengthen the NATO alliance, European security, and to counter global security threats.


Photo credits: Alfredas Pliadis (MoD)

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