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MILMAG - The Military MagazineGeneral Andrzejczak is running for the hi-ranked position in NATO - MILMAG - The Military Magazine

General Andrzejczak is running for the hi-ranked position in NATO

General Rajmund T. Andrzejczak, who leads the Polish Armed Forces, is running for the position of the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. The Polish Government officially recommended him to chair this highest military body of the Alliance. The result of the competition will be known in September following the voting by chiefs of defence of all NATO countries. The new Chairman will assume his duties in the summer of 2021.

The role of the Military Committee is to understand divergent views and their sources, to put them in a wider context, and to stimulate the chiefs of defence of the Allies to reach agreed decisions, for the benefit of all. The voice of every country is of equal importance, and one of the chairman’s duties is to preserve this right / Photo: Ministry of National Defence

For two years General Andrzejczak has held the highest position in the Polish Armed Forces. He is the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, the main institution supervising the armed forces, responsible for strategic planning and development programs. He is one of the most regarded officers in Poland.

I am convinced that taking into account his vast experience gained both in country and in the international environment, as well as his in depth knowledge of the Alliance, general Andrzejczak is a perfect candidate for that position - underlined the minister of defence Mariusz Błaszczak.

General’s broad knowledge acquired in the world`s elite education institutions was boosted by extensive experience gained during many years of military service, including in combat, at all levels of command.

He took part in many international operations. He commanded, inter alia, the Polish detachment to UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force) at the Israeli - Syrian border and twice, the Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan. He also served within the coalition forces in Iraq and commanded a European Union Battle Group.

We are responsible for translating political will and ambitions into adequate initiatives and military actions. NATO's focus on collective defence and protection of its members from threats emanating from every direction is undisputable. Nevertheless, to influence the shape of strategic environment and  security conditions in favour of NATO we need also to pay more attention to projecting stability and assisting partners in building their resilience. Our combined credible military power, force posture and engagement is a guarantee of security for every of the 30 NATO members - underlines Gen. Rajmund T. Andrzejczak.


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