DVIDS – News – Europe’s easternmost military base is now named after a Polish-American hero


POZNAN, Poland – Forward Operating Site Poznan, headquarters of the U.S. Army V Corps (Forward), is given the distinctive name “Camp Kościuszko”, in honor of a Polish and American military general, Tadeusz Kościuszko, July 30, 2022. The Polish Armed Forces announcement to rename the post comes after US President Joe Biden declared formal approval of a permanent US military presence in Poland during the NATO summit in Madrid , in Spain, on June 29.
Biden has emphasized improving the posture of U.S. forces in Europe, particularly in Poland, as V Corps establishes a permanent forward headquarters to “enhance U.S.-NATO interoperability across the flank.” Oriental”.
Although U.S. troops have shared the post with their Polish counterparts for years, both countries see the official appointment of the post as an important step in strengthening deep-rooted ties between America and Poland.
“Lieutenant. General Kosciuszko, who is a national hero of Poland and the United States, is someone who shows the brotherhood between our two nations,” said Mr. Daniel Jurkiewicz, Deputy Head of Infrastructure Support Unit of the 14th Garrison and Coordinator of International Cooperation. . “Before the American forces were here on the base, this was the quartermaster officer academy. As part of the quartermaster school, we had the engineer district here, and they taught the engineers, builders, construction workers, etc. So we thought Kosciuszko was the best person to honor by naming the base… having an engineer’s name the name of the base.

Originally, the V Corps Forward Presence was established on October 1, 2020. Hundreds of soldiers from the corps and rotational units deployed to Europe; their support for this mission has improved command and control capabilities, increased interoperability, and strengthened the US commitment based on military partnerships. The partnership between these two nations is bound by the trust that has grown since Kościuszko served alongside troops during the American Revolutionary War.
Tadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish-born military engineer and national leader. Through hard work and dedication, he eventually rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Continental Army and Lieutenant General in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Army.
After hearing about the American Revolution, he sailed for America with other foreign military officers in June 1776 to support the American cause and defend human rights. Shortly after arriving in America, he applied for and was accepted into the Continental Army a day later on August 30, 1776. While in America, he served alongside Benjamin Franklin and fortified several fortresses, including Fort Clinton and Fort Billingsport.
Kościuszko not only became an American hero, but also a Polish hero. After returning to Poland on August 26, 1784, he began befriending political reformers in Warsaw and positioned himself in Polish politics with the intention of emphasizing equality. Later, Kościuszko would help in the adoption of a new constitution for his homeland. Russia saw the new Polish government as a threat, and in 1792 sent 100,000 troops to invade Poland. Kościuszko was given command of a relatively smaller Polish army. He was able to repel Russian forces at the battles of Zielence and Dubienka using military tactics he learned from another American war general, Major General Nathanael Greene. After Kościuszkos’ victories, he was promoted to lieutenant general and awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland’s highest military and civilian honours.
“The name of the base shows a Polish and American hero who is the pearl of our alliance, and everyone will see it.” said Jurkiewicz. “A base where we have command of the V Corps to support the eastern flank of NATO, it shows something. It shows the brotherhood, the importance of our alliance because if you go back to the 18th century, it’s the same , as if we were brothers and we were fighting side by side.


Date taken: 30.07.2022
Date posted: 30.07.2022 10:18
Story ID: 426178
Location: POZNAN, PL

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