• Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, listens to a speech during a graduation ceremony at the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011.  Polish Soldiers routinely attend the U.S. Army's NCO Academy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, but Bartoszyn is the first U.S. Soldier to graduate from the Polish NCO Academy.  (U.S. Army photo by Christian Marquardt, JMTC Public Affairs)

    Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th...

    Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, listens to a speech during a graduation ceremony at the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011. Polish Soldiers routinely attend the U.S. Army's NCO Academy in...

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment,  signs a memory book in the Polish Land Forces Hall of Heros after graduating from the Polish  Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011.   While Polish soldiers routinely attend the U.S. 7th Army's NCO Acdemy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Bartoszyn is the first U.S. Soldier to attend and graduate from the Polish NCO Academy.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st...

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, signs a memory book in the Polish Land Forces Hall of Heros after graduating from the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011. While Polish soldiers...

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment,  receives a plaque of appreciation from Polish Command Sgt. Maj. Marek Kajko, commandant of the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy, during a ceremony in Poznan, Poland, Dec, 9, 2011.  While Polish soldiers routinely attend the U.S. 7th Army's NCO Acdemy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Bartoszyn is the first U.S. Soldier to attend and graduate from the Polish NCO Academy.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st...

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, receives a plaque of appreciation from Polish Command Sgt. Maj. Marek Kajko, commandant of the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy, during a ceremony in Poznan, Poland, Dec, 9...

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment,  receives a plaque of appreciation from Polish Command Sgt. Maj. Marek Kajko, commandant of the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy, during a ceremony in Poznan, Poland, Dec, 9, 2011.  While Polish soldiers routinely attend the U.S. 7th Army's NCO Acdemy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Bartoszyn is the first U.S. Soldier to attend and graduate from the Polish NCO Academy.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st...

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, receives a plaque of appreciation from Polish Command Sgt. Maj. Marek Kajko, commandant of the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy, during a ceremony in Poznan, Poland, Dec, 9...

  • Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battlion, 4th Infantry Regiment, and Sgt. Maj. Fabian Zalewa, U.S. Army Europe's Joint Multinational Training Command, examine the engine block of a Cold War-era tank during a tour of the Polish Land Force's museum in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011.  Earlier in the day, Bartoszyn became the first U.S. Soldier to graduate from the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy.

    Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battlion...

    Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battlion, 4th Infantry Regiment, and Sgt. Maj. Fabian Zalewa, U.S. Army Europe's Joint Multinational Training Command, examine the engine block of a Cold War-era tank during a tour of the Polish Land Force's museum...

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, translates a tour of the Polish Land Forces museum for Sgt. Maj. Fabian Zalewa, Joint Multinational Training Command, in Pozan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011.  Bartoszyn was born and raised in Poland, but moved to the U.S. as a teenager, and subsequently joined the U.S. Army.  Because of his knowledge of both American and Polish culture, Bartoszyn was selected to be the first U.S. Soldier to attend the Polish Land Forces's NCO Academy.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st...

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, translates a tour of the Polish Land Forces museum for Sgt. Maj. Fabian Zalewa, Joint Multinational Training Command, in Pozan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011. Bartoszyn was born and...

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, talks with Command Sgt. Maj. Andrzej Wojtusik, command sergeant major of the Polish Land Forces, during a graduation ceremony of the Polish NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec, 9, 2011.  While Polish soldiers routinely attend the U.S. 7th Army's NCO Acdemy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Bartoszyn is the first U.S. Soldier to attend and graduate from the Polish NCO Academy.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st...

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, talks with Command Sgt. Maj. Andrzej Wojtusik, command sergeant major of the Polish Land Forces, during a graduation ceremony of the Polish NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec...

  • Sgt. Maj. Fabian Zalewa of the U.S. Army Europe's Joint Multinational Training Command congratulates distinguished graduates of the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011.  Zalewa represented the U.S. Army at the ceremony, which which included the graduation of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, the first U.S. Army Soldier to attend the Polish NCO Academy.

    Sgt. Maj. Fabian Zalewa of the U.S. Army...

    Sgt. Maj. Fabian Zalewa of the U.S. Army Europe's Joint Multinational Training Command congratulates distinguished graduates of the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011. Zalewa represented the U.S. Army at the ceremony, which...

  • Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, observes his fellow academy students at a graduation ceremony at the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011.  Polish Soldiers routinely attend the U.S. Army's NCO Academy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, but Bartoszyn is the first U.S. Soldier to graduate from the Polish NCO Academy.  (U.S. Army photo by Christian Marquardt, JMTC Public Affairs)

    Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th...

    Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, observes his fellow academy students at a graduation ceremony at the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011. Polish Soldiers routinely attend the U.S. Army's...

  • Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn stands at attention between Command Sgt. Maj. Andrzej Wojtusik, command sergeant major of the Polish Land Forces, and Sgt. Maj. Fabian Zalewa, U.S. Army Europe Joint Multinational Training Command, during a graduation ceremony at the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011.  Polish Soldiers routinely attend the U.S. Army's NCO Academy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, but Bartoszyn is the first U.S. Soldier to graduate from the Polish NCO Academy.  (U.S. Army photo by Christian Marquardt, JMTC Public Affairs)

    Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn stands at attention...

    Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn stands at attention between Command Sgt. Maj. Andrzej Wojtusik, command sergeant major of the Polish Land Forces, and Sgt. Maj. Fabian Zalewa, U.S. Army Europe Joint Multinational Training Command, during a graduation...

  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment,  stands at attention during an award ceremony in Poznan, Poland, Dec, 9, 2011.  Polish soldiers routinely attend the U.S. 7th Army's NCO Acdemy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, but Bartoszyn is the first U.S. Soldier to attend and graduate from the Polish NCO Academy.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st...

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, stands at attention during an award ceremony in Poznan, Poland, Dec, 9, 2011. Polish soldiers routinely attend the U.S. 7th Army's NCO Acdemy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, but...

Staff Sgt. Tomasz Bartoszyn, 1st Battlion, 4th Infantry Regiment, became the first U.S. Soldier to graduate from the Polish Land Forces NCO Academy in Poznan, Poland, Dec. 9, 2011. While Soldiers from other partner nations routinely train at the U.S. Army Europe's 7th Army NCO Academy in Grafenwoehr, Germany, this is the first time a U.S. Soldier has attended a foreign NCO Academy.

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