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    Pa. Guard welcomes Lithuania’s Vice Minister of Defense to Fort Indiantown Gap

    Pa. Guard welcomes Lithuania’s Vice Minister of Defense to Fort Indiantown Gap

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Zane Craig | Lithuania’s Vice Minister of Defense, Vytautas Umbrasas, and other senior officials...... read more read more

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, PA, UNITED STATES

    12.12.2018

    Story by Sgt. Zane Craig 

    Fort Indiantown Gap

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – Lithuania’s vice minister of defense and other senior officials visited the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) here Dec. 5.

    The delegation toured the Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer (BAT) simulation system, the Non-Rated Crewmember Manned Module (NCM3), and the Aviation Maintenance Instructional Building (AMIB).

    The Lithuanian Armed Forces have begun the process of increasing their rotary wing aircraft capabilities. As the Pennsylvania National Guard’s partner in the State Partnership Program, the Lithuanian delegation came to the EAATS to learn more about our rotary wing capabilities, extensive training possibilities, and expertise with the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in particular.

    In addition to Vytautas Umbrasas, the vice minister of defense, the Lithuanian delegation included Saulius Gasiunas, the director of the MOD Department of Transatlantic cooperation, Col. Alvydas Siuparis, the embassy defense attache, and Lt. Col. Grazvydas Liubinas, deputy defense attache.

    After touring the EAATS facilities, the delegation boarded a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for an aerial tour of Fort Indiantown Gap and demonstration of the Black Hawk’s capabilities in flight.

    The Pennsylvania National Guard State Partnership Program with the Lithuanian Armed Forces began April 27, 1993 as Lithuania regained its independence from the Soviet Union. The training at the EAATS consists of more than 28 formal courses providing technical and functional training to over 1500 Soldiers annually from all 54 states and territories, the active Army, Army Reserves and various international military students.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Lt. Col. Angela King-Sweigart (717)861-8829, or e-mail ng.pa.paarng.list.pao@mail.mil

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    Date Taken: 12.12.2018
    Date Posted: 12.12.2018 13:53
    Story ID: 303221
    Location: FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, PA, US 

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