Bemowo Piskie, Poland - the several-month-long service as part of strengthening the eastern flank of the North Atlantic Alliance was started by the soldiers of the next shift. On July 17, during the ceremony in Bemowo Piskie, the command of the battalion battle group was taken over by LTC Jeffery Higgins, commander of the 2nd battalion "Cougar" of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry Regiment from Vilseck, Germany. He replaced LTC Andrew A. Gallo, the commander of the 3rd battalion "Wolfpack" of the same regiment. The ceremony was attended, among others, by Senator Małgorzata Kopiczko, General Commander of the (Polish) Armed Forces General Jarosław Mika, Training Inspector of the (Polish) Armed Forces MGEN Marek Sokołowski, commanders of divisions and guests. Multinational Division North East Headquarters was represented by commander MGEN Krzysztof Motacki.
During the ceremony LTC Andrew A. Gallo, the former commander of the battle group, handed over the pennant of the NATO’s battalion to the new commander LTC Jeffery Higgins, through the commander of the 15th MBde. Afterwards, the commanders signed "occasional protocols". Another element of the ceremony was the handing over to LTC Andrew A. Gallo the Bronze Medal of the (Polish) Armed Forces by the General Commander of the Armed Forces.
In April this year, three years have passed since the multinational battle group was stationed in Masuria as part of NATO's enhanced forward presence on the eastern flank of the Alliance. The core of the battle group is the U.S. Soldiers from Croatia, Great Britain and Romania serve shoulder to shoulder with them.
On a daily basis, the soldiers of the battle group cooperate with the 15th Mechanized Brigade, and their activities are coordinated by the Multinational Division North East Headquarters.
Photos by OR-4 Bartek Grądkowski