Readout of U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr.’s travel to Lithuania Published Dec. 22, 2022 Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs VILNIUS, Lithuania (AFNS) -- U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., left, meets with Lithuanian Air Force Commander Col. Antanas Matutis Dec. 20, 2022, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Brown met with military counterparts during a visit to the region focused on strengthening bilateral defense relationships and further exploring opportunities to enhance interoperability, training and deterrence with NATO Allies and partners. During the same visit to the European Command theater of operations, Brown met with U.S. Airmen serving in Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom. (Courtesy photo) Photo Details / Download Hi-Res Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. traveled to Lithuania Dec. 20-21 and met with Lithuanian Chief of Defense Lt. Gen. Valdemaras Rupšys and Air Force Commander Col. Antanas Matutis. Brown said the scheduled trip signified U.S. commitment to its close bilateral defense relationship with Lithuania and to regional security in Europe. He thanked Lithuania for being a steadfast ally, and recognized that the NATO alliance has never been stronger or more united. Brown further thanked Lithuania for its support of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing missions at Šiauliai Air Base, which are critical to regional security and stability. He also praised Lithuania’s robust support to Ukraine as it defends itself against Russia’s unprovoked war. The two sides expressed their intent to continue collaboration on a series of additional issues, including Lithuanian defense modernization and integrated air and missile defense. Both agreed on the deterrence value of air-based assets. Brown also met with U.S. Ambassador Robert Gilchrist, embassy staff, and members of the U.S. Department of Defense serving at U.S. Embassy Vilnius.