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The Military Academy of Lithuania commemorating its 30th anniversary follows historical examples

2022 06 16

The General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania celebrates the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the National Defense School. After Lithuania regained its independence, the National Defense School was established on June 16, 1992, and later reorganized into the Lithuanian Military Academy. This date is considered to be an official day of the establishment of the Academy.
 
Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Defense of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Dr. Laurynas Kasčiūnas, Gintautas Jakštas representing the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, Chancellor of the Ministry of National Defense Kristina Deviatnikovaitė representing the Minister of National Defense, Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command BG Alvydas Šiuparis acting as Chief of the Armed Forces, former chiefs of the Military Academy, alumni, representatives of the Ministry of National Defense, commanders of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and divisions, rectors of universities, and other guests have arrived to congratulate the Academy on this occasion.
 
This event has been organized to review the history of the Academy and thank those who worked and contributed to its creation, nurturing, and development. It is a celebration for the Academy’s entire community and its friends.
 
An Exclusive Higher School
 
The Military Academy is the only higher education institution in Lithuania that provides university and military education. It trains officers-leaders ready to lead units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in times of war and peace. Over the years, the programs and cadets of the Military Academy of Lithuania have changed; however, the aim of studies remains the same; that is, to train a commander as a leader meeting the needs of NATO’s military alliance.
 
“The Academy undertakes an exceptional and important mission whose goal is to train and educate independent officers as effective critical thinkers to whom responsibility, duty, courage, and sacrifice are of great significance,” said Juozas Kačergius, Commandant of the Academy.
 
During its thirty years of activity, the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania prepared twenty-eight classes of full-time (permanent) study programs that swelled the ranks of Lithuanian servicemen – that is to say, 1 930 officers of various specializations and 2 263 alumni together with part-time masters.
 
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Photos by Eimantas Genys, embracing the moments of the MAL’s 30th anniversary.