BEMOWO PISKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland – Special guest Gen. Jaroslaw Mika, head of Polish Armed Forces, welcomed U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jason Adler, squadron commander, assigned to the 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, as the new commander of NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group-Poland in a transfer of authority in Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, Jan. 28, 2021.
"It is an honor to join the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade Team and I speak for all of Task Force War Eagle, when I say we are humbled by the opportunity to serve alongside you all," said Adler. "The coalition of men and women assembled in this battle group are a testament of the strength and commitment of NATO to the security and safety of eastern Europe."
Mika also presented the outgoing commander of Battle Group-Poland, Lt. Col. Jeffery Higgins, 2d Squadron, 2CR, with a medal for his achievements and dedication during his rotation.
The ceremony was full of pomp and circumstance, punctuated with music from a Polish Army band from the 15th Mechanized Brigade, 16th Division and participation by Battle Group-Poland allies and partners including troops from the Polish, Croatian, Romanian, U.K. and U.S. contingencies, highlighting that we are stronger together.