Enhancements to Persistent U.S. Force Presence in Lithuania
U.S. Ambassador Robert Gilchrist informed Minister of National Defense Arvydas Anušauskas that, as part of the ongoing commitment to its Baltic Allies, the United States will further enhance the continuous and persistent U.S. military presence in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In Lithuania, this initially includes transitioning the episodic deployments of an armored battalion-sized element and field artillery battery to a persistent rotational presence.
At the NATO Summit in Madrid, President Biden committed to enhanced rotational deployments and a heel-to-toe presence of U.S. forces in the Baltic region. The forces the United States is deploying are part of that enhanced presence model and are evidence of the U.S. commitment to strengthening our collective defense and deterrence posture on NATO’s eastern flank. In addition to U.S. bilateral efforts, NATO’s multinational battle groups provide critical deterrence, training, and allied integration in the region.
“As President Biden has said, we are committed to defending every inch of NATO territory. These U.S. deployments demonstrate this commitment, and while we continue to adapt our force posture in the region, we are committed to maintaining a persistent, heel-to-toe presence in the region and intensifying training with our Baltic Allies to maintain combat credible capabilities and to enhance our defense and deterrence posture,” said U.S. Ambassador Robert Gilchrist.
“U.S. military presence remains a critical part of our deterrence and defense against Russia. We welcome and strongly support the enhancement of continuous and persistent U.S. military presence in Lithuania and are committed to providing necessary host nation support,” said Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Arvydas Anušauskas.
The United States will continue to work closely with our Baltic Allies to ensure our posture is commensurate to the threats and challenges we face on NATO’s eastern flank, across all domains. The U.S. remains ready, postured, and well-prepared to integrate with our host nations, Allies, and partners to deter threats and defend the Alliance.