USAREUR CG praises U.S., Polish partnership

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
March 4, 2010

Lance Cpl. Krzystof Kopiec, Polish Land Forces, trains with Spec. Saidkhodja Kasimov, US Army Dental Activity, Vicenza, at the Grafenwohr Training Area's land navigation course in 2009. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aimee Millham)
Lance Cpl. Krzystof Kopiec, Polish Land Forces, trains with Spec. Saidkhodja Kasimov, US Army Dental Activity, Vicenza, at the Grafenwohr Training Area's land navigation course in 2009. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Aimee Millham)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of U.S. Army Europe will visit Bagram VII, a U.S.-Polish training exercise at the Kielce Training Area Tuesday.

"The enduring U.S-Polish partnership is a model we strive to achieve across the entire U.S. Army Europe 51-country
area,
" said Ham.

Ham will be attending a distinguished visitors’ day highlighting a Mission Rehearsal Exercise that brings soldiers from the U.S. Army together with the Polish 1st Armored Brigade out of Wesola to train for the upcoming assignment with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

About 20 U.S. Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers will serve side-by-side with the Polish 1st Brigade for the entire deployment.  The U.S. National Guard has trained, embedded, and deployed with the Poles for several years as part of their long-standing State Partnership Program with Poland.

"I truly appreciate the commitment of the Polish military who have been with us since 9-11, have shed blood with our forces in the fight against terrorism and currently have nearly two thousand forces in Afghanistan supporting the NATO mission there," said Ham.

“This exercise is similar to those we've conducted for several years with the Polish Land Forces, and is just one example of how we are partnering to build the collective capabilities of our two nations,” said Ham.

“I am pleased,” said Ham “that Poland just ratified the U.S.-Poland Supplemental Status of Forces agreement. This demonstrates the strength of the U.S.-Poland Strategic alliance.”