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NATO soldiers in Lithuania are inviting to meet in Anykščiai

On November 7 soldiers of the NATO Force Integration Unit, NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, and other NATO forces deployed in Lithuania will hold a community engagement event in Anykščiai. It will be one of the meetings of the allied troops in Lithuania in the “NATO Day in the Region: Come, See, and Learn!” cycle of events.

The NATO Day events are held to present NATO organization and its activities in various regions of Lithuania. First events of the cycle have been held in Varėna, Merkinė and Rokiškis earlier this year. The municipalities were selected from all the applications received in response to the invitation of the Ministry of National Defence to organise a NATO event in the region to commemorate the 70th NATO anniversary and the 15th Lithuania’s anniversary in NATO.

During NATO Days residents and administration of different regions are able to meet with soldiers, listen to lectures about the world’s strongest military Alliance and take part in discussions, also to view weaponry, equipment and gear used by the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the NATO forward Presence Battalion Battle Group.

The NATO Day in the Region events are organised by the NATO Force Integration Unit which has been inaugurated in Lithuania in September 2015 and in operation since. Its mission is to ensure and facilitate a fluent and efficient deployment of the NATO Very High Readiness s Joint Task Force (VJTF), and other NATO units in Lithuania. NFIU tasks in Lithuania also include support to allied exercises and other assurance measures, contribution to Lithuania’s defence plans, and identification of infrastructure objects necessary for a rapid deployment of allied forces in Lithuania.

During peacetime the NFIU staff is 40-strong and comprised by international and Lithuanian Armed Forces soldiers. The staff is currently provided by 14 NATO countries. The decision to establish NATO Force Integration Units in 8 member states — Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary — was taken by NATO Heads of States and Governments at the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014.

NATO Day programme in Anykščiai

 7 November 2019, Thursday

1000 –1030 hrs

Visiting the “Resurrection” Freedom Monument at A. Baranauskas Square

1100–1150 hrs

Meeting with communities of Rokiškis high schools, static display of weaponry and equipment by Anykščiai Jonas Biliūnas High School , Liudiškių g. 49.

1200–1300 hrs

Meeting with residents of Anykščiai, static display of weaponry and equipment by Anykščiai Culture House, A. Baranausko a. 2.

POC: Maj Marius Geležiūnas, NATO Force Integration Unit Lithuania, marius.geleziunas@mil.lt, +370 659 10834

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