Polish MoD's press release
On Friday, November 20, Polish Minister of National Defense participated in the inauguration of the activities of the Forward Command of the 5th Corps of US Land Forces in Poland. The ceremony was also attended by the US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher and the deputy commander of the 5th Corps, Maj. Gen. Terrence J. McKenrick.
‘Less than two weeks ago, President Andrzej Duda ratified the agreement on enhanced military cooperation between the United States and Poland. Today we witness this agreement entering into force. We are watching the implementation of the provisions of this agreement. Our joint Polish-American activities serve the security of our Homeland, serve the security of the countries united by the North-Atlantic alliance’ said Mariusz Błaszczak, Minister of National Defense in Poznań.
The main task of the Forward Command of the 5th US Army Corps in Poland will be the coordination of activities and supervision of US Land forces deployed in Europe, operational planning, as well as cooperation and synchronization of US forces with troops from other NATO countries.
‘Cooperation within NATO is the best guarantee of security and stability. We can say that we have become one of the main allies of the USA. Our cooperation is exemplary. We provide security, we not only use the security that other allies give, but we ourselves guarantee security through our participation in the entire system created within NATO, emphasized minister Blaszczak.
The command will play a key role in the integration of American troops deployed in Poland and the synchronization of their cooperation with the Polish armed forces. This is a real increase in the interoperability of Polish and American troops.
Polish activity within NATO is extremely important for the development of security systems on NATO's eastern flank. We are active when it comes to increasing the numbers of the Polish Army, as well as when it comes to the modernization of the equipment, said minister Błaszczak.
During the inauguration, Polish Minister of National Defense thanked for the ever increasing development of Polish-American relations. - This is undoubtedly our common success. It is visible through our very close relations and through our mutual exercises. Together we are stronger - he added.
The commencement of the operation of the forward command of the V Corps on the territory of the Republic of Poland is the result of the efforts made so far to increase the American military presence in Poland.
The permanent presence of the US Army in Poland is crucial. American troops will be here permanently, not only occasionally. - The Forward Command of the V Corps is a contribution to security and stability in the region. We will increase our cooperation and we will act hand in hand with our allies from Poland - added the deputy commander of the 5th Corps, Maj. Gen. Terrence J. McKenrick