Topics to be discussed during the visit include the region's security situation, US support for security enhancement, further plans for the implementation of NATO's deterrence measures, and the deployment of the multinational battalion in Lithuania.
Hodges will also go to Rukla, in central Lithuania, to meet with troops of the German-led battalion stationed there and to Pabradė, a training area close to Vilnius where a new shift of US rotational forces has arrived.
The US this week beefed up NATO's Baltic air policing mission by deploying seven fighter jets, instead of the usual four, at the Šiauliai military airbase in northern Lithuania.
Minsk says that the exercise will involve 12,700 troops, but Lithuanian officials believe that as many as 100,000 soldiers may participate.
Lithuanian intelligence has said that the Zapad scenario will likely include a simulated armed conflict with NATO and warned about possible incidents and provocations in the border area during the war games.
Russia and Belarus say that the exercise, which will run from Sept. 14 to 20, will defensive.
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