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Commandant of the Military Academy of Lithuania shares his work experience at NATO conference

2018 06 26

Military Academy of Lithuania, participated in the 7th Coordinating Conference of NATO Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) that took place on June 25–27 at Kaunas Garrison Officers’ Club. The Commandant delivered a keynote address, met with DEEP experts and took part in discussions.
In his opening address, Brigadier General Algis Vaičeliūnas highlighted that education is a powerful weapon and the society can gain greater benefits when it is of high quality. ‘In this area, we cannot expect immediate results or experience them ourselves. Nevertheless, we have to believe that education will have a positive effect if provided properly.’ According to the general, the fact that the DEEP Coordinating Conference was held in Lithuania proves the recognition of efforts.
‘The DEEP Programme is continuously developed with the increasing number of participants and our joint contribution to its implementation. The cooperation with DEEP has begun in 2011 when producing reference curricula on professional military education for non-commissioned officers that later developed into defence education enhancement projects in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine. At the end of 2017, we launched a bilateral officer professional military education enhancement programme in Ukraine. I can assure you that Lithuania will stay committed to support DEEP and NATO partners in efficiently creating, developing and reforming military education institutions.’
The Commandant met Mariusz SOLIS, DEEP Coordinator, Byron HARPER, Liaison Officer at NATO Special Operations Headquarters and shared his work experience with the representatives of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on reforming military education system in Ukraine.
Brigadier General Algis Vaičeliūnas is responsible for the support and advice on military education and training and academic studies reform in Ukraine. By his invitation, Ukrainian military authorities visit the Military Academy of Lithuania, while the Commandant along with military specialists consults Ukrainian educational institutions.
Lithuanian military authorities contribute to reforming military training in Ukraine by analyzing present training system and sharing knowledge of NATO standards and their application, thus supporting Ukraine’s further cooperation with NATO countries.
This year the conference addressed potential cooperation with the Alliance partners (Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Serbia, Macedonia, Tunisia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan), held debates on training seminars, new curricula, etc.
The annual coordinating conference reviews DEEP activities in each partner country, formulates operational guidelines for the next year and identifies the need for support and possible supporters. Through the programme, the Alliance fosters defence capability building and developing and reforming professional military education institutions.
This year the conference was attended by the experts from 48 institutions of 16 countries and was organized in cooperation with Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, USA and NATO institutions (Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes (PfPC), NATO International Military Staff (IMS), NATO Political Affairs and Security Policy Division (IS/PASP)).
By participating in the DEEP Programme, Lithuania boosts its image as a reliable ally in the international projects and enhances its standing among NATO countries. Furthermore, it stimulates the development of Lithuanian officer and non-commissioned officer training and establishment of useful contacts with NATO and other countries’ institutions.
Photo credit: SSgt L. Vizbaras