DEFENCE STAFF OF THE LITHUANIAN ARMED FORCES

Chief of Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces

 

Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras                                                                     

DATE OF BIRTH

23 April 1961

EDUCATION 

1978-1982 – Vilnius Air Defense Military Academy;

1994-1995 – English Language Course (San Antonio/Texas, USA) ;

1995-1996 – US Army Command and General Staff College;

2004-2005 – NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy);

2006 – Generals, Flag Officers and Ambassadors Course (Rome, Italy).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1982 – Platoon Leader 1984 – Company Commander ;

1987-1991 – Deputy S3, Air Defense Brigade;

1992-1994 and 1996-2000 – Service at Joint, General and Defense Staffs (served as a Staff Officer, Chief of Section, Division Chief, J3 Chief-Deputy Chief of Defense Staff);

2000 – Chief of Staff, Deputy Commander of the Motorized Infantry Brigade ”Iron Wolf”;

2001 – Commander of the Motorized Infantry Brigade “Iron Wolf”;

2003 – Chief of Defence Staff of the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania;

2008-2012 – Lithuanian Military Representative to NATO and EU (Brussels, Belgium);

2012-2016 – Commandant of the Baltic Defence College;

Since 16 August 2016 – Chief of Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

MILITARY RANKS

1982 – Lieutenant

1984 – First Lieutenant

1987 – Captain

1990 – Major

1992 – Major of the Lithuanian Armed Forces

1995 – Lieutenant Colonel

2001 – Colonel

2005 – Brigadier General

2007 – Major General

AWARDS

Cross of Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania;

Commemorative Badge to Mark Russian Troops Withdrawal from Lithuania;

Medal of Merit (MoD and Armed Forces levels);

Medal of Distinction (Armed Forces level);

Medal of Distinction (Service level);

Commemorative Sword (awarded by the President of the Republic of Lithuania);

Personal Weapon (awarded by the Minister of MoD) Honor Badge “Iron Wolf”;

Commemorative Medal Marking Lithuanian’s Accession to NATO; Order of Riflemen’s Star;

French Officer’s Cross of the Order for Merits;

Latvian MoD Award „Medal of Honor”;

Latvian Armed Forces Commander´s Medal ”For Merits” of 2nd Degree;

Estonian Armed Forces Cross “For Merits”;

Distinguished Service Decoration of the Estonian Defence Forces;

Baltic Defence College Medal of Merit (Gold).

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

English, Russian

MARITAL STATUS

Married, one daughter

HOBBIES

Sports, lawn tennis, historical books, travelling

2018-01-02
Reorganised Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces is officially renamed Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces

Reorganised Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces is officially renamed Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces

The main priority of the Defence Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces remains the security of the State of Lithuania and preparation for the State defence.
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2017-03-30
Lithuanian armed forces national exercises ‘Thunder Strike 2017'

Lithuanian armed forces national exercises ‘Thunder Strike 2017'

One of the most important Lithuanian armed forces national exercises ‘Thunder Strike 2017' will take place in the east part of Lithuania. In 28th April - 7th May, Peacetime Operation Forces, Rapid Reaction Forces and supporting units will have trainings in the municipalities of Marijampolė and Vilkaviškis.

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2016-11-08
Chief of Joint staff takes part on Northern Headquarters Conference

Chief of Joint staff takes part on Northern Headquarters Conference

8/9 November, Chief of Joint staff Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras takes part on Northern Headquarters Conference held in Bodo (Norvay).  

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