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    Silent Professionals of NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland

    Linguists of Battle Group Poland

    Photo By Capt. Ellen Brabo | Linguists of NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland at Bemowo Piskie...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Gary Loten-Beckford 

    Battle Group Poland

    BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland— The NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland is an established and legitimate battle group for a number of reasons. However, there are a select few who serve in the battle group doing what they enjoy with dedication to service.

    These select are the silent professionals, they are the Polish linguists who convey the commander’s intent and guidance through various troops, batteries and special staff members.

    NATO eFP Battle Group Poland has approximately 21 Polish linguists who operate in support of the battle group. Polish linguists are classified into two groups, Category I- Polish local nationals without a security clearance and Category II- U.S. citizens with a security clearance.

    Polish linguist in a multinational unit often get to participate in numerous operational and training exercises. Linguists serve key roles in fires coordination and combined live fire exercises. Linguists facilitate troop movement for tactical road marches for rotational units departing Germany for their operational deployment in support of the battle group.

    In addition to providing multiple layers of support to Battle Group Poland, linguists train soldiers in Polish classes weekly.

    The reason why linguists chose to support the battle group varies, but what’s consistent among all is their dedication and contribution to service. This is a unique experience unlike any other performed.

    Maciej Winnicki, Mission Essential Battle Group Poland Site Manager, started out as a linguist in March 2017. Winnicki’s observation of Battle Group Poland from inception to current status spans over three separate rotational units. Winnicki initially served in the troop level and moved up to the battle group staff level assisting leaders and battle group commanders.

    “I never expected that I could be contributing to create new history and even better I didn’t think I’d be part of it” said Winnicki. “When we started our first rotation I didn’t think everyone in the world would even notice.”

    Linguists of Battle Group Poland facilitate countless activities for the world to see. Countless hours in planning and coordination lead to a successful mission.

    “The most important moment for me was when I helped organize our personnel luncheon with a live transmission from President Trump’s visit in Warsaw,” said Winnicki. “We invited the biggest television station and saw a live stream on how we supported the U.S. president on the evening news.”

    Linguists who work at Battle Group Poland are right in the mix of things with this multinational unit. They are called upon to attend military briefings, tactical operation center functions, coordinate movement of equipment throughout the operational area.

    Sylwia Pindor of Mission Essential serves as the logistics linguist to Battle Group Poland. She’s been a linguist for the past two years; her start was during Exercise Anakonda 16.

    “I’ve been with Battle Group Poland for three rotational units,” said Pindor. “I’ve worked at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area (DPTA), Żagań, and Skwierzyna.”

    Working as a linguist often does not guarantee service in the same town or community. Linguist can find themselves hours from their home town. Pindor’s reasons for being a linguist speak of service.

    “For me it was the best opportunity to represent my country and culture to the U.S. Army while they are deployed to Poland,” said Pindor. “I’m glad I can be part of the U.S. Army’s presence in Poland.”

    The next six months training of Battle Group Poland will cover various combined arms live fire exercises, tests and enhancement in interoperability and defining a mutual understanding through enhanced joint capabilities training. The linguists of the NATO Enhanced Battle Group Poland will be there facilitating, coordinating and enhancing NATO allies and partners of the battle group to accomplish the mission.



    Date Taken: 06.16.2018
    Date Posted: 06.16.2018 04:02
    Story ID: 281224
    Location: BEMOWO PISKIE , PL

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