The 42-year-old officer replaced Colonel Darius Petryla on Monday, Captain Gintautas Ciunis, a spokesman for Lithuanian Armed Forces, has told BNS.

Lastauskas started his military service in 1995. His has served as a reconnaissance officer in various units of the Armed Forces and, most recently, as the commander of the Duke Vaidotas Mechanized Infantry Battalion in Rukla.

Lastauskas has participated in international operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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