Enhanced Forward Presence: Commander visits NATO Force Integration Unit and meets Lithuanian Chief of Staff

Vilnius, Lithuania, 31 January 2017

Lieutenant Christoph Huber, the German Commander of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania, visited the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Vilnius on 26 January. An NFIU serves as the transatlantic Alliance’s link to a host country. Bild vergrößern

Its core duties include ensuring that collaboration with NATO troops and a host nation’s armed forces runs as smoothly as possible. Thanks to its long-term presence, it can supply the know-how and the logistical networks required to liaise with Lithuanian partners in advance on any questions which may arise with regard to transport or supporting infrastructure for the swift deployment of NATO units.

Support in all areas

The meeting with the NFIU staff, commanded by Colonel Jakob Søgård Larsen, was thus another important step in the process of establishing the eFP Battlegroup as quickly and smoothly as possible. Larsen particularly underlined the potential for support in all areas: “We are here to make your life easier.”

Meeting with Lithuanian chief of staff

In the afternoon, the German Commander was welcomed by Major-General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras, Chief of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. In the talks that followed, the General emphasised how important the mission was to NATO and to Lithuania in particular.

This is the translation of an article by Heiner Bumüller published on www.bundeswehr.de