DMVA and DCED leaders meet Lithuanian President to discuss success of state partnership and economic opportunities

Annville, Pennsylvania – Today, leaders from Pennsylvania’s Departments of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and Community and Economic Development (DCED) met with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda at First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary Armory. The contingent spoke about the success of the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 29-year State Partnership Program (SPP) with Lithuania, as well as economic cooperation and expansion.

As part of the SPP, the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Lithuanian Army have participated in multiple training exercises, deployments and engagements, focusing on capacity building and interoperability for military and intergovernmental partnerships.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to meet with President Nauseda to discuss our accomplishments and our continued partnership,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania Adjutant General and DMVA Chief. “During our 29-year relationship, we have built a special bond of mutual trust, respect and gratitude. I look forward to the future and opportunities for growth as we continue to support each other. others.

The economic impact between Lithuania and Pennsylvania is also an essential part of the SPP.

“The state partnership program is an important factor in the security of Lithuania and Pennsylvania,” said David Briel, assistant secretary of the DCED’s Office of International Business Development. “Its impact goes far beyond defense and security. It helps promote economic, educational and cultural exchanges that increase Pennsylvania’s visibility in Lithuania, which is an excellent gateway to the wider European market.

Pennsylvania’s relationship with Lithuania began in 1993, as one of the first three partnership programs established after the breakup of the Soviet Union, by the National Guard Bureau pairing a foreign country with the guard national of a state. You will find details of the SPP here.

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