Mr Žilvinas Tomkus, Vice Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania became a member of BALTDEFCOL´s Hall of Fame

On 16th June during the Graduation Ceremony of the Higher Command Studies Course 2022 and the Joint Command and General Staff Course 2021/2022, the Baltic Defence College hosted the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 
The Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to honour graduates who have distinguished themselves in their military and/or civilian careers and reached high-level positions.

Mr Žilvinas Tomkus, Vice Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania was chosen as the 11th member of the Baltic Defence College Hall of Fame. Mr Tomkus has graduated from the Higher Command Studies Course 2011 and Senior Leaders’ Course 2019. 
The induction ceremony was honoured by the attendance of Brigadier General Enno Mõts, Chief of Staff of Estonian Defence Forces Headquarters and Lieutenant General (ret) Raimonds Graube, Military Advisor to the Minister of Defence as well as Ambassadors, Defence Attachés, heads of partner Professional Military Education institutions and other high-level officials.

Within his remarks, the Commandant Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm emphasized the contribution of Mr Tomkus to the College mission by saying that his support has been significant and he always willing to contribute, although his schedule is rather busy. It is underpinned by presenting his extensive experience and professional knowledge, which is competently shared with the students. “This is our privilege and honoured to have you in our Hall of Fame”, he concluded. 

During his speech, Mr Tomkus recalled his time at the College and said that the most important were cultural discussions; to hear and accept different views or opinions, which helps him in his current position as well. He also highlighted the creation of personal connections, which are still valid today. 

The induction ceremony was followed by the reception for all invited guests, staff and faculty members and graduates together with their families.


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