Tag Archives: NATO

Nangar Khel article in Foreign Policy

Please see below my recent article published in Foreign Policy on the war crimes trial that resulted after the incident in Nangar Khel in 2007.

Poland’s ‘Vietnam Syndrome’ in Afghanistan


Poland to get new Special Operations unit

As reported by thenews.pl:

“Poland’s forces are to gain a special operations unit much like the elite Ranger Regiment found in the US Army.

The unit is to be stationed at the special services base of the Polish Military Gendarmes in the Silesian city of Gliwice.”


” …although it is known that by 2014 Poland’s Special Forces Command should be ready to take charge of other special units found in NATO’s member armies, with one general saying that the commanding force must be able to undertake missions across the globe.

The enlisted soldiers will take part in special operations, such as hostage rescue, as well as play an assisting role to Poland’s elite fighting unit, GROM.”

Polish General assumes top NATO post

As I mentioned before, I was at the Polish Embassy for the celebration of Polish Armed forces day on September 30. In his speech, Defense Minister Klich noted that the Poles also had cause to celebrate as their own General Mieczysław Bieniek was appointed the day before to the highest NATO post ever held by a Pole.  Bieniek is now second-in-command at NATO headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, known as Allied Command Transformation (ACT). More about General Bieniek can be found on his official NATO page.

This is the first four-star general position in NATO for Poland, and only five other countries hold posts at this level (America, Britain, France, Germany, Italy). Up until now the Poles have had only two-star positions.

From the signing ceremony September 29, 2010:

From right to left: Polish Army Lieutenant General Mieczyslaw Bieniek, French Air Force General Stephane Abrial, SACT; Italian Admiral Luciano Zappata. Photo by German Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Thorsten Bohlmann

Read the full story at NATO’s ACT website here.

More on what ACT does here.