Lithuanian Air Force commander visits the 193rd Special Operations Wing to enhance security cooperation and emphasize the importance of cooperation for survival.
Col. Antanas Matutis, Lithuanian Air Force commander, visited the 193rd Special Operations Wing in Pennsylvania as part of a week-long visit aimed at enhancing security cooperation between Lithuania and the United States. Matutis emphasized the importance of cooperation for survival, as smaller air forces like Lithuania cannot fight major battles alone. The visit was part of the National Guard Bureau-led State Partnership Program, which has been collaborating with the Lithuanian Armed Forces for nearly 30 years. During the tour, Matutis learned about the diverse mission sets associated with the MC-130J Commando II, and observed Tactical Air Control Party Airmen controlling air-to-ground fire training with A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. The visit served to strengthen the relationship between the two militaries and expand the joint force’s competitive advantage and freedom of action.