Pennsylvania – Lithuania National Guard Partnership

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Pennsylvania-Lithuania State Partnership
Origin 1993
Country President Dalia Grybauskaite
Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius
Minister of Defense Juozas Olekas
Ambassador to U.S. Zygimantas Pavilionis
Ambassador to Lithuania Deborah Ann McCarthy
Adjutant General MG Wesley E. Craig
2012 Engagements 12[1]
Current ISAF Pax 240
NATO member Yes (2004)
EU member Yes (2004)

The Pennsylvania-Lithuania National Guard Partnership is one of 22 European partnerships that make-up the U.S. European Command State Partnership Program and one of 65 worldwide partnerships that make-up the National Guard State Partnership Program.[2] The Partnership was established on April 27, 1993. In the 20 years that have followed, Pennsylvania and Lithuania have conducted more than 500 exchanges that cover diverse topics such as Senior Leader Engagements, Recruiting, NCO Professional Development, Military Decision Making Process and Strategic Planning, Range Development, Airfield Development and Standards, Defense Support to Civil Authorities, Family Programs, and Resiliency. Also, Pennsylvania and Lithuania have jointly deployed to Afghanistan in support of ISAF, including four rotations of a Police Operational Mentor and Liaison Team. Pennsylvania also provided nine rotations of a team of Logistics Advisors to the Lithuanian led Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Gowhr Province. Pennsylvania and Lithuania are looking at other opportunities to jointly deploy to further expand the relationship between their militaries.

Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers participate in a joint live fire exercise with Lithuanian Soldiers as part of U.S. Army in Europe's multinational security exercise Saber Strike.
Soldiers from Pennsylvania visit an orphanage in Lithuania to help repair sports and playground equipment, assist with landscaping chores and play with the children at the facility.
A Pennsylvania Guardsman instructs Lithuanian troops on vehicle extraction techniques.
MG Jessica L. Wright, the Adjutant General of the Pennsylvania National Guard, meets with Maj. Gen. Arvydas Pocius, the Chief of Defence of Lithuania.
Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard are serving in Afghanistan alongside Lithuanians, and helping to train Afghan policemen.


  • Declared Independence in 1991.
  • Established State Partnership Program on April 27, 1993.
  • EU and NATO accession in 2004
  • Lithuania cooperates with Estonia and Latvia in several joint military exercises. (SABRE STRIKE, AMBER HOPE)
  • Lithuania’s niche capability for NATO is water purification. They have a significant interest in the development of an Energy Security Center of Excellence.
  • Lithuania hosts the Baltic Air Policing Mission at Šiauliai International Airport.[3]

Partnership focus[edit]

Lithuanian’s #1 defense priority is energy security. Additional focus areas include Cyber Defense, continuing to participate in expeditionary operations and ISAF, as well as developing new and capable interagency partnerships. Lithuania also hosts the Baltic Air Policing Mission at the Šiauliai International Airport.[4]

Pennsylvania and Lithuanian consistently participate in joint exercises together, such as SABRE STRIKE and AMBER HOPE, which promote regional stability and security, strengthens international military partnering and fosters trust while improving interoperability between participating nations.[5]

The State Partnership Program highlights the role of the National Guard as an all-volunteer, professional military with dual missions to support the nation and the state. The unique civil-military nature of the Pennsylvania National Guard enables it to interact with Lithuanian active and reserve forces, as well as civilian and governmental agencies. As a result, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Lithuanian Fire and Rescue Service have developed a five-year strategic plan to find ways to cooperate, along with the Pennsylvania National Guard in areas like Disaster Preparedness and Defense Support of Civil Authorities.


  1. ^ "2012 EUCOM SPP Events" (PDF). U.S. European Command. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Guard SPP". The National Guard. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "SPP Data" (PDF). U.S. European Command. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Pennsylvania-Lithuania Partnership" (PDF). U.S. European Command. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Exercise Saber Strike". U.S. European Command. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 

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