Poznań officially named seat of US Army V Corps forward HQ

Poland's western city of Poznań has been officially selected, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher announced on Wednesday. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Poland's western city of Poznań has been officially selected, US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher announced on Wednesday.

"It’s official - Poznań was selected to host @USArmy V Corps Headquarters forward command! This is such an important step in our military cooperation. Together we will further enhance the security of Poland and the region," the US ambassador wrote.

On August 15, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak signed an agreement in Warsaw to strengthen the permanent presence of US troops in Poland.

The accord provides for the setting up of a Forward Command of the US Army V Corps in Poland, the possibility of further increasing the number of US troops stationed in Poland and the establishment of a legal framework for the presence of US soldiers in Poland.

According to a US Army Europe press release the V Corps Headquarters will consist of approximately 635 soldiers, of which a part will be positioned at the forward command post in Poznan on a rotational basis. US Army Europe expects the first rotation of personnel to start arriving in October 2020.

The primary mission of the new forward headquarters will be to conduct operational planning, mission command and oversight of the rotational forces in Europe. It will also provide additional capability to support allies and partners in the region.

V Corps will be a major participant in DEFENDER-Europe 21, planned to take place in the Balkan and Black Sea regions from May-June 2021.