Permanent US general in Poland in line with presidential agreement - security bureau

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The permanent stationing of a US general in Poland will strengthen the presence of US forces in the country, National Security Bureau (BBN) head Pawel Soloch said on Thursday in connection with the expected nomination of a Polish-stationed US Army colonel to general's rank.

Colonel Thomas O'Connor, Commander of the United States Division Headquarters (Forward) in Poznan, western Poland, was due to receive the nomination on Thursday.

Soloch said that the permanent stationing of a US general in Poland was in line with agreements between the Polish and US presidents. He added that O'Connor's nomination will raise the standing of the Division Headquarters in Poznan as well as strengthen the US military presence in Poland.

The Poznan-based United States Division Headquarters (Forward) is the major US military command unit on NATO's Eastern Flank and oversees all US forces in the region.