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Poznań. Opening of a permanent garrison of US troops in Poland

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The opening ceremony of the first permanent garrison of US ground forces in Poland takes place on Tuesday at Camp Kościuszko in Poznań. Participating in the ceremony are Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Ministry of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak and US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski. “Today, together, we mark another key stage in Polish-American relations,” said the American diplomat.

The ceremony of transforming the Regional Support Group Poland (ASG-P) into the US Army Garrison Poland (USAG-P.) began with the playing of the anthems of Poland and the United States and the solemn hoisting of the American flag at Camp Kościuszko .

The first commander of the permanent US garrison in Poland was Colonel Jorge M. Fonseca, who was solemnly handed over the colors of the unit – a symbol of the commander’s authority representing his duties towards the organization.

Błaszczak: We really appreciate that the US troops are permanently in our country

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– We are witnessing the inauguration of the permanent presence of the US military garrison on Polish soil. This is an important event both in the history of Poland and in the history of Polish-American relations, declared the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak during a speech at Camp Kosciuszko.

– We very much appreciate that the US troops are permanently in our country, especially in the situation that Europe found itself in, when Russia invaded Ukraine, when Russia is trying to rebuild its empire. It is very important that the Western world is united, that it feels safe. And he feels safe when our armed forces cooperate with each other – said the head of the Ministry of National Defense.

Błaszczak emphasized that Polish-American cooperation is important for the security of our country, but also of the entire eastern flank of NATO.

Finally, the head of the Ministry of National Defense addressed the American soldiers stationed in Poland in English. – Thank you very much for your service in Poland. I am proud that Polish soldiers can train and increase interoperability with you, with the soldiers of the United States Army Ground Forces – said the minister.

Head of the Ministry of National Defense: We are witnessing the inauguration of the permanent presence of the US garrison on Polish soilTVN24

Brzeziński: today we are setting another key stage in Polish-American relations together

After the minister, the US ambassador to Poland took the floor Mark Brzezinski. – Minister, it is a real honor for me that today we are marking another key stage in Polish-American relations. For us, as representatives of our governments, there is nothing more important than ensuring the security of our nations, said the diplomat, addressing the head of the Ministry of National Defense in Polish.

– I am very happy that I can witness the establishment and activation of the American ground forces garrison in Poland in the company of soldiers and all honorable guests. The garrison of American troops in Poland for me as an American with Polish roots carries huge symbolism – continued Brzezinski, now in English.

The ambassador thanked the soldiers for “devoting their entire careers, their entire lives to protect us and keep us safe.” – This ground forces garrison provides soldiers with the support they need to focus on their mission, constant support for the permanent presence of (US – ed.) soldiers stationed in Poland – he added. – This garrison is a second home for American soldiers. This moment is truly symbolic.

Again, in Polish, he declared: – This is a sign that we intend to stay here, that United States are committed to Poland and the NATO alliance that we are united in the face of Russian aggression.

Eighth US Army garrison in Europe

“From today, the first American garrison will officially start operating in Poland. The unit will be responsible for securing infrastructure and providing services to US soldiers stationed in our country,” the General Staff of the Polish Army wrote on Twitter earlier on Tuesday. The entry emphasized that similar structures already function in BelgiumItaly and Germany.

The tasks of the garrison will also include the management and management of forward outposts of American troops in Poland.

The intention to establish a permanent garrison of American forces in Poland (US Army Garrison Poland, USAG-P) in March was announced last week by the Pentagon spokesman, General Pat Ryder. He emphasized that the unit is to support the presence of American soldiers in Poland.

USAG-P is the eighth garrison of the US land forces in Europe, next to similarly functioning ones in Belgium, Italy and Germany (where there are 5 such units). So far, there has been a Regional Support Group in Poland (Area Support Group Poland, ASG-P). Such units still exist in the Black Sea region (posts in Romania and Bulgaria) and in the Western Balkans (posts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo). It will be the eighth garrison of the US land forces in Europe, next to similarly functioning ones in Belgium, Italy and Germany (where there are 5 such units). So far, there has been a Regional Support Group in Poland (Area Support Group Poland, ASG-P). Such units still exist in the Black Sea region (posts in Romania and Bulgaria) and in the Western Balkans (posts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo).

US soldiers in ŻagańPhoto by Sgt. Thomas Mort, 358th Public Affairs Detachment

In a statement issued on Monday by the Ministry of National Defense, it was emphasized that the new unit will be the first permanent garrison of American troops in Poland. “The unit is created thanks to the decision of the US president in 2022 (from the NATO summit in Madrid – ed.) and will deal with infrastructural support for US soldiers stationed in Poland. The tasks of the garrison will also include the management and management of forward outposts of US troops in Poland” – we read.

V US Army Corps in Poznań

In early March, the Pentagon announced that the first soldiers permanently assigned to serve in Poland as part of the forward command post of the V Corps of the US Army in Poznań at the base called “Camp Kościuszko” have arrived in Poland.

The forward headquarters of the US Army V Corps has been operating in Poznań since 2020. The barracks complex where it was located in Poznań was renamed Camp Kościuszko in July 2022. The main task of the command is to coordinate the activities and supervision of US ground forces in Europe, operational planning as well as cooperation and synchronization of activities of US forces with the troops of other NATO countries. The command plays a key role in integrating the American troops deployed in Poland and synchronizing their cooperation with the Polish armed forces.

The name Camp Kościuszko, or rather The Tadeusz Kosciuszko Polish Army Training Camp, was a training camp for over 22,000 Polish volunteers of General Józef Haller’s Blue Army, which was being formed in France. It operated in the years 1917-1919 on the American-Canadian border in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Main photo source: TVN24



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