Two A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots with the 442nd Fighter Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., landed at Lielvarde Air Base in Latvia in the beggining of September, marking the first time U.S. fighter aircraft landed in the Baltic states. One of the Air Force Reserve A-10 pilots making the historic landing was a Lithuanian-American Lt. Col. Michael Leonas. Taking advantage of the opportunity that he is already in the region, Col. Michael Leonas decided to explore his Lithuanian roots and flew to the country.
Former Weymouth resident Bob Ruplenas writes why he has never been prouder of his Lithuanian heritage than now.
In his post to Wicked Local Cambridge, he writes:
So as the Europeans and the Obama administration dither, little Lithuania is rearing up on its hind legs and speaking truth to power.
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The Newnan Times-Herald, locally known as The Times-Herald, writes about Vaidas and Ruta Krasauskas, natives of Lithuania, who moved to Coweta County in Georgia, when Vaidas became pastor of two local Methodist churches.
Last month, a permit was filed with the Department of Buildings for an 18-story, 30-unit apartment building on the site of the century-old Our Lady of Vilnius Church in New York City. But a close-knit group of Lithuanians and other ex-parishioners won’t give up.
The Central and Eastern European Coalition (CEES) calls its members to support adoption of a resolution by the United States Congress that would provide $100M of military assistance to Ukraine and designate Ukraine as a Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA).