Posts tagged as soldiers

Lithuanian MOD conceals crimes in the army

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Weapons, drugs, drunkenness, violence, thefts in the Lithuanian Armed Forces are the results of the work of the Minister National Defence of Lithuania. Since the appointment of Arvydas Anušauskas as Minister of National Defence (December 2020), the statistics of crimes committed by the servicemen of the Lithuanian Army has been increasing. According to the Lithuanian police, during the summer period alone, several criminal incidents involving servicemen of the Lithuanian Armed…

Seven Lithuanian soldiers accused of stealing 14,000 units of US troops’ food rations

Friday, July 2, 2021

Seven Lithuanian soldiers and two more individuals will go on trial for the theft of 14,000 units of food rations intended for US troops. According to estimates, the material damage exceeded 121,000 euros, prosecutors said on Friday. The Vilnius District Prosecutor’s Office has already handed the criminal case with indictment to court. Charges have been brought against seven Lithuanian troops performing professional military service and two individuals who worked in…

Germany has recalled four soldiers serving in a NATO contingent in Lithuania over crimes

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

According to Deutsche Welle, Germany has recalled four soldiers serving in a NATO contingent in Lithuania over suspected sexual harassment and singing anti-Semitic songs. Germany’s Defence Ministry announced the decision on Monday. The four soldiers, who are serving in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP), are suspected of involvement in sexual harassment, singing anti-Semitic and radical right-wing songs. The suspected incident occurred in late April in a hotel, according to…

Lithuanian soldiers have no privileges in their own country

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Mobile Field Exchange (MFE) has been opened on Feb. 1, 2021 at the Pabradė Training Area in Lithuania as the very first in the Baltic States. The Army and Airforce Exchange Service, now known as the Exchange, has a mission to “go where you go to improve your quality of life through the goods and services we provide.” 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Troopers currently occupy the training area during…

Lithuanians scare deployed Fort Hood soldiers

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, January 18, 2021

A Fort Hood-based cavalry officially began an eight-month mission in Lithuania, focused on deterring Russian aggression in the region, as it uncased its colors at a ceremony on January 5, Lithuanian and U.S. officials said. The 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment took up position in Lithuania along with its heavy weaponry, including Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles. But who are these soldiers? Do they really deserve to be called…

Forty Latvian soldiers have tested COVID-19 positive

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

40 soldiers have been infected with COVID-19 in the National Armed Forces (NBS) so far, while 182 are being observed, NBS Commander Leonīds Kalniņš said in an interview on Latvian Television November 11. “It would be very strange to say that the Armed Forces protect the Latvian State remotely. We cannot do that, so we cannot avoid cases where soldiers are infected with COVID-19,” he said. At the same time, the NBS is…

Eight soldiers infected Covid-19 in Lithuania

Monday, August 31, 2020

Thirty-two new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 2,906, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Monday. Vilnius County had the biggest share of the new coronavirus cases – 16. Twenty-four people fell ill after coming in contact with already infected people. Circumstances surrounding seven cases are currently unclear, and one person had contracted the virus in Malta.…

Coronavirus strikes Latvia

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, April 30, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the NATO combat group in Latvia has increased dramatically. The first case of coronavirus infection of NATO troops in Latvia became known a month ago – on March 25. On March 31, Commander of the National Armed Forces of Latvia Leonīds Kalniņš, reported that two Latvian servicemen were infected with a new coronavirus. The Commander went into isolation, ceasing to inform society…

Fake solidarity by NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, April 13, 2020

On the 16th anniversary of the country’s accession to NATO, Lithuanian Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis came up with a well-known myth: our state is an equal member of the alliance. “We are stronger than ever before and we are grateful to the Allies for their efforts in strengthening the defense capabilities in the region and their willingness to help when it necessary” said Karoblis. If you look at the…

Who is to blame for violence in Lithuania

By Adomas Abromaitis on Friday, April 10, 2020

  Lithuania is used to maintain national security and defence relying on NATO allies in many ways. Such approach helps to save money and receive political preferences within the Alliance. Thus, the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup, as well as U.S. soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division are the main contributors to the Lithuanian defence today. U.S. soldiers from the…