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An official change of command ceremony to take place on Cathedral Square



On Wednesday, 30 June, at 1100hrs, the Lithuanian Armed Forces change of command ceremony will be held on Cathedral Square in Vilnius.


During the ceremony, the outgoing Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Major General Jonas Kronkaitis will bid farewell to military personnel, the incoming Commander Brigadier General Valdas Tutkus will swear an oath of allegiance. Regalia of the Commander – sceptre, insignia of the Armed Forces Commander, the Lithuanian Armed Forces flag will be handed to the newly inaugurated Commander of the Lithaunian Armed Forces. Prior to this assignment, Brigadier General Valdas Tutkus served as Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force.


The official ceremony will be attended by Acting President of the Republic of Lithuania Artūras Paulauskas, Minister of National Defence Linas Linkevičius, members of the Parliament, Government of the Republic of Lithuania, commanders of military units.


0900hrs At the President Office, Brigadier General Valdas Tutkus will be granted the rank of Major General, the new Commander of Land Force Colonel Arvydas Pocius – the rank of Brigadier General


1000hrs Ceremony of transfer of the Lithuanian Land Force Command flag on the square in front of the Ministry of National Defence


1100hrs Ceremony of Change of Command of the Lithuanian Armed Forces on Cathedral Square.





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