Commander Joint Force Command Brunssum visits Polish Chief of the General Staff
Warsaw – The Commander Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Salvatore FARINA, completed a successful visit to Poland where he met with the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, General Mieczysław GOCUL, and the Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence. Mr. Tomasz Szatkowski.
Whilst there, General FARINA discussed a number of topics primarily concerning the current security threat, Polish expectations connected with the forthcoming Warsaw Summit in July and the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) based in Poland.
Upon completion of the official discussions, the NFIU Base Support Arrangement between the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Poland and the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe was signed by General GOCUL and General FARINA, on behalf of the Polish Minister of National Defence and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, respectively. The document provides a legal basis from which to operate a NFIU within Polish territory and establishes regulations regarding base support to the Bydgoszcz-based unit.
The Polish NFIU was officially inaugurated on 20 April and is going to participate in the upcoming exercise BRILLIANT JUMP 2016 from 17 to 27 May, providing support to the elements of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) which are going to be deployed in Poland.
Images were provided courtesy of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces.