USAF Joins in on Polish Armed Forces 2020 Celebration


The 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron support Polish Armed Forces Day at Warsaw, Poland, August 15, 2020.

Recently, Secretary of State Pompeo signed an agreement with his Polish counterparts moving some of the American forces which have been in Germany to Poland.

A Deutsche Welle story highlighted the agreement as follows:

Under the pact, another 1,000 US troops will be sent to Poland in addition to the 4,500 soldiers already stationed there. The deal also grants the US access to Polish military installations and allows for the modernization of existing facilities and capabilities in Poland.

“This is going to be an extended guarantee: a guarantee that in case of a threat our soldiers are going to stand arm-in-arm,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Saturday during the signing ceremony. 

“It will also serve to increase the security of other countries in our part of Europe.”

Several military commands will also be moved out of Germany, among them the US Army V Corps overseas headquarters. It will be based in Poland from next year.

In July, the US Department of Defense announced plans to withdraw around 12,000 US military personnel from Germany, reducing its troop presence there from 36,000 to 24,000. Nearly 5,600 service members will be redeployed to NATO countries, including Poland, with 6,400 to return to the US.

The featured photo: Military members from the United States, Poland, United Kingdom, Romania, and Croatia gather for a group photo during Polish Armed Forces Day at Warsaw, Poland, August 15, 2020.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)