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Polish army. Change in the position of head of the Military Control Inspectorate

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Lieutenant General Krzysztof Radomski was dismissed from the position of head of the Military Control Inspectorate and directed to perform tasks at the General Staff of the Polish Army – informed the Ministry of National Defense. Colonel Arkadiusz Widła was appointed to this position.

The changes in the position of the head of the Military Control Inspectorate were announced by the Ministry of National Defense in a statement on Monday.

“Lieutenant General Krzysztof Radomski was dismissed from his current position and on December 18, 2023, transferred to the Director of the Personnel Department of the Ministry of National Defense and directed to perform tasks at the General Staff of the Polish Army,” the ministry said.

He added that “at the same time, Colonel Arkadiusz Widła was appointed as the head of the Military Control Inspectorate.”

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In the past, Colonel Widła was, among others, the commander of the Polish Military Contingent in the mission UN in Chad (2009) and the last commander of the reconnaissance battalion in Siedlce, which was disbanded in 2011. He also served in the Operational Command of the Armed Forces.

Arkadiusz Widła, 2009 Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Krzysztof RadomskiArtur Reszko/PAP

Błaszczak thanks General Radomski for his service

Former Minister of Defense Mariusz Błaszczak commented on the changes in the Military Control Inspectorate on Platform X.

“As proof of the ‘policy of love’, purges began at the Ministry of National Defense. General Radomski, who was fired today, is an officer who, with extraordinary commitment and professionalism, defended the Polish border against the hybrid attack of Putin and Lukashenko. He was in command when in November 2021 there was a mass attack of illegal migrants in Kuźnica. Thanks to him, the border was maintained. Thank you for your service, Mr. General!” – he wrote.

The case of the rocket that fell near Bydgoszcz

The Military Control Inspectorate conducted an inspection at the Operational Command of the Branches of the Armed Forces regarding a rocket whose remains were found in Zamość near Bydgoszcz in April 2023, and which flew into Poland in December 2022.

On May 12, at a press conference, the then head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak informed that “in accordance with the inspection findings “the operational commander abandoned his instructional duties, neither informing me about the object that appeared in Polish airspace, nor informing the Government Security Center and other services provided for in the procedures.”

Błaszczak said then that “the audit findings indicate that the procedures and reaction mechanisms in such a situation worked properly up to the level of the Operational Commander, who did not properly fulfill his duties.” The Operational Commander of the Armed Forces was then Lieutenant General Tomasz Piotrowski.

As the then head of the Ministry of National Defense added, “the biggest deficiencies were found in reporting the incident and undertaking search activities.”

READ: What was said and what was done. Calendar of events regarding the facility near Bydgoszcz

One day later The Operational Command of the Branches of the Armed Forces published the appeal of General Piotrowski – both in written form and as a video recording resembling the message. Piotrowski appealed for common sense and balanced emotions.

In May, Błaszczak announced that he would consult with the president Andrzej Duda possible personnel decisions in relation to the Operational Command of the Armed Forces. Despite this, General Piotrowski did not resign. Only in October the general resigned himself.

READ: Who is General Tomasz Piotrowski? Resignation of the operational commander of the armed forces

Main photo source: Artur Reszko/PAP



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