RUKLA, Lithuania - NATO soldiers currently deployed to the
enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup in Lithuania are once again
demonstrating their appreciation and commitment to the local community by
taking part in projects that benefit not only the region but local residents.
Together with students from
"Zeimenos” and "Rytas” gymnasiums, NATO soldiers took part in small jobs at the
homes of local residents in Pabrade on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Amongst
other things, military personnel made small repairs to houses and assisted in
gardens. Besides helping in Lithuanian houses, the soldiers also
participated in a sports event at the "Zeimenos Gymnazija” and performed in the
school’s theatre group.
"It was an
easy task to find volunteering soldiers for this day. They all want to take the
opportunity to be closer with the people of Pabrade and to help them out with
little tasks. It is a good change from the daily life in the barracks and on
the training area,” said Belgium InfoOps Captain Bart van de Velde.
Helping residents is offered as
a token of appreciation for the patience of the local community while NATO
troops train in the region. It also helps soldiers develop a better
understanding of the host nation.
65 soldiers from Germany, the
Netherlands, Czech Republic and Belgium participated. Along with 20
Lithuanian volunteer forces from the 8th Territorial Unit of the
This isn’t the first time eFP
Battlegroup personnel helped out in the local community. On Jul. 4, 2018,
NATO soldiers offered their help to those in need, but on a smaller scale. For
example, a Dutch soldier chopped wood for the winter at the household of an
Story by enhanced Forward
Presence Battlegroup Lithuania