News: 173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers visit US Embassy in Lithuania
Story by Sgt. Daniel Nelson
VILNIUS, Lithuania – Leaders of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade tour the U.S. Embassy, June 26, to discuss training opportunities and upcoming exercises throughout Lithuania.
The paratroopers recently arrived in Lithuania to take part in NATO training exercises occurring throughout the Baltic region to increase interoperability between forces and train in offensive, defensive and stability operations.
During their visit, paratroopers were shown around the diplomatic community and sat in on briefings held by key U.S. military and diplomatic leaders working in Lithuania.
Col. Jeffrey Jennette, defense attaché officer for the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania, spoke with leaders from Troop A about the eagerness of Lithuanian Land Forces training alongside U.S. service members in the Baltic region.
“We’re here to be good neighbors, to work with them and train with them,” said Jennette. “They are quality allies, and you guys can be good advisers to them.”
Training exercises, economic growth and opportunities for paratroopers from 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment to learn about the Lithuanian culture were also discussed during the visit.
Jennette urged the paratroopers to seek out every opportunity to not only train alongside their Lithuanian counterparts, but be involved within the community, such as visiting orphanages, schools and participating in various community events.
U.S. military leaders from the U.S. Embassy spoke about the positive impact previous paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade had on Lithuania, who were recently replaced by 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment.
Leaders from the Troop A expressed the importance of maintaining a positive influence during the time they will spend in Lithuania.
“I told my guys that you’re not only representing the 173rd, you’re also representing America,” stated 1st Sgt. Richard Meeker of Troop A.
Approximately 600 paratroopers from the brigade are training throughout the Baltic region as part of land-forces exercises to demonstrate commitment to NATO and sustain interoperability with allied forces.