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Retirement and flag handover ceremony for Commandant Brigadier General Algis Vaičeliūnas

2018 11 23

“The education and training of younger generation of officers is the future of independent Lithuania securing its freedom. By basing academic studies on scientific researches and attracting lecturers and researchers having highest qualifications, we consolidate the Military Academy of Lithuania as the national defence and security studies centre of excellence. I have no doubt that in the near future the Academy will be able to qualify for a defence university. And I sincerely wish it to come true. Also, may this aspiration become national defence system-wide and the great ambition of the Ministry of National Defence and Lithuanian Armed Forces,” said Commandant Brigadier General Algis Vaičeliūnas in his farewell address.
On November 22, the Academy hosted the general’s retirement ceremony. Following the traditions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Vaičeliūnas handed over the flag of the Academy to Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis. The ceremony was honoured by the presence of Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas, authorities of the Ministry of National Defence and Lithuanian Armed Forces, commanders of the services, rectors, foreign representatives and guests.
“The general has loyally served Lithuania with exceptional energy and has never lacked ideas. Today, it is my pleasure to thank Brigadier General Vaičeliūnas for his service. I sincerely hope that the next stage of his activity will be as important and productive as the one dedicated to the Lithuanian Armed Forces,” said the Minister of National Defence and presented a special gift to the general for a long and meritorious service.
Lieutenant General Žukas awarded Brigadier General Vaičeliūnas a commemorative medal marking the 100th anniversary of the reestablished Lithuanian Armed Forces for a significant contribution to the restoration and development of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
As one of the volunteers and leading figures in the restoration of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, the general took pride in his active participation in this historical process when all Lithuanians had a great zest for creating national forces. “The extensive work and burning enthusiasm determined our success and led Lithuania to the membership in NATO, the biggest and strongest alliance in the world,” pointed out the general.
Retirement and flag handover ceremony
Photo credit: G. Maksimovicz