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US Army to launch new Polish HQ on Tuesday

21.03.2023 10:00
The US Army is set to launch its new headquarters in Poland on Tuesday in a ceremony attended by the Polish defence minister, according to officials.
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The Polish defence ministry said in a tweet that Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak would take part in a ceremony at "Camp Kościuszko in Poznań," in the west of the country, during which "Area Support Group Poland (ASG-P) will be transformed into U.S. Army Garrison Poland (USAG-P)."

The announcement comes after the Pentagon said last week that the US Army's new Polish headquarters, called US Army Garrison Poland, would start operating this month.

"In order to meet U.S. Army in Europe and Africa mission requirements, improved command and control capabilities and manage foreign, forward operating sites within the Republic of Poland, the U.S. Army will establish the U.S. Army Garrison Poland in March 2023," Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement last Thursday.

He told reporters that the unit would be "one of the enduring improvements" to the US Department of Defense's posture in Europe "based on assessments from the 2021 Global Posture Review and consultations with NATO allies" and announced by President Joe Biden in June last year.

"Joining the existing seven Installation Management Command Europe Garrisons, U.S. Army Garrison Poland will deliver quality base operations support, infrastructure and services to soldiers and civilians to enable U.S. Army in Europe and Africa Command readiness," Ryder said at the time.

"The unit will be comprised of approximately 13 military personnel and 140 civilian personnel," he added.

"Installation Management Command Europe and U.S. Army Garrison Poland look forward to the continued strengthening of the bond between our military community and the host nation communities of Poland at the local, regional and national levels of the alliance," according to the statement from Ryder.

Biden said in June last year that the United States would boost its military presence in Europe and create a permanent headquarters for its Army V Corps in Poland in response to threats coming from Moscow after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Tuesday is day 391 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.


Source: IAR, PAPdefense.gov