In an unprecedented sign of solidarity, sixteen U.S. Army soldiers of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division forward deployed in support of 3rd Infantry Division, re-enlist alongside 200 Polish recruits of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade, 12th Szezcein Mechanized Division during a swear-in ceremony, a testament of the strong U.S. - Polish bond and the commitment our nation shares in defense of the NATO alliance in Zlocieniec, Poland on September 23, 2023.
Lt. Col. Andrew P. Betson, commander of the 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, administering the oath of enlistment, said “This ceremony shows the great bond between our two great nations and of the NATO alliance. Our unified commitment stands in opposition to the threats that undermine our core values of peace and security in Europe.”
“Today’s ceremony is unique because of the presence of American soldiers. Your presence here shows we are stronger together and emphasizes we can build peace in our region,” said Brig. Gen. Dariusz Mchula, commander of the Polish 2nd Mechanized Brigade, 12th Mechanized Division.
According to unit representatives this is the first time in the Polish Armed Forces history that U.S. soldiers conduct such a ceremony together enlisting into both armies at the same time.
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