Gov. Wolf to Visit PA National Guard Troops, Memorialize Tree of Life Victims in Lithuania, Poland Trip

September 03, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that next week he will travel to Lithuania and Poland to visit with Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) members deployed to both countries, meet with Lithuanian government and business leaders, and visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial to memorialize the victims of the October 2018 antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Governor Wolf was invited to join PNG leaders on a scheduled trip as part of Pennsylvania’s 26-year military partnership with Lithuania. Since the partnership began, thousands of Pennsylvania National Guard troops have trained with Lithuanian armed forces and many Lithuanian troops have trained at Pennsylvania’s Ft. Indiantown Gap. Currently there are nearly 600 PNG troops stationed in Lithuania and Poland.

“Our Pennsylvania National Guard troops make tremendous sacrifice in service of their commonwealth, our country and the broader mission of peace and stability across the world,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to learning more about their work and strengthening relationships with our NATO partners. I’m also honored to join National Guard leadership on this trip and to personally thank these soldiers for their service, their time away from family and home, and their dedication to state and country. I wish them all a successful tour and safe return home in 2020.”

Later in the week, Gov. Wolf will visit with Pennsylvania National Guard troops deployed to Orzysz, Poland, as part of Enhanced Forward Presence, in support of the NATO Battle Group-Poland, learning more about the capabilities of the unit and its missions. He will have lunch with the troops and a meet-and-greet with the soldiers of the 3/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ARC).

While in Poland, Gov. Wolf will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and use the visit to honor the memory of the 11 victims of the October 2018 antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Keeping his commitment to cover his own travel costs, Governor Wolf will personally pay for his air travel and lodging for this trip.

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