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Published: 2 october 2012 17:21

Lithuanian chief of defense returns to service after medical tests

Arvydas Pocius
Alfredo Pliadžio nuotr. / Arvydas Pocius

Lithuania's Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius returned to work on Tuesday after an unplanned medical examination at Santariškės Clinic, his spokesman Captain Skomantas Povilionis said.

In Povilionis' words, the tests did not reveal any causes that would impede Pocius from continuing his work.

"After spending the night from Monday to Tuesday at Santariškės Clinic, the Lithuanian Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius returned to work. On Monday, the Lithuanian chief of defense underwent planned examination at the military health care institution, which decided to carry out additional tests to establish his health condition. Pocius was hospitalized at Cardiology and Angiology Center of Santariškės Clinic for tests," the spokesman told BNS on Tuesday.

"Before noon on Tuesday, the Lithuanian chief of defense was released, the tests did not reveal any considerable health changes that would impede him from performing his duties," Povilionis said.

Pocius, 55, has been chief of defense of Lithuania since 2009. He started his military career in the Soviet army. During the protest demonstration against Soviet regime at the Supreme Council on 16 February 1990, he officially resigned the rank of SA reserve officer and military oath.

As a soldier-volunteer, he defended the Parliament of Lithuania during dramatic acts of Soviet aggression that caused deaths of Lithuanian people and serviceman in January and August 1991. In March 1991, Pocius joined Voluntary Service of National Defense.

On 30 June 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and was assigned as a Commander of the Lithuanian Land Forces and served in this position until 2007. Pocius served as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff (DACOS) of the Joint Education and Training Sub-Division at the NATO HQ Allied Command Transformation in 2004-2007.

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