USAG Poland welcomes new commander, cementing enduring presence in Poland

By Bethany HuffJune 28, 2024

USAG Poland Conducts Change of Command Ceremony
U.S. Army Col. Jesse Chace, incoming Commander of United States Army Garrison Poland (USAG Poland), takes part in the traditional “passing of the guidon” by receiving the USAG Poland guidon from Tommy Mize, right, Director of Installation Management Command Europe, during the Garrison’s change of command ceremony, Camp Kościuszko, Poland, June 28, 2024. Established on March 21, 2023, USAG Poland supports 7,500 American soldiers across 11 sites, delivering quality infrastructure and services to enable V Corps readiness, and stands as the Army’s home on the Eastern Flank. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Devin Klecan) (Photo Credit: Spc. Devin Klecan) VIEW ORIGINAL

POZNAN, Poland – Leadership at U.S. Army Garrison Poland passed for the first time in its history, as Col. Jesse Chace took command of the first permanent Army home in the Republic of Poland during a Change of Command ceremony, held at Camp Kosciuszko, June 28.

Chace took command from Col. Christopher Church, who played a pivotal role in transforming the small band of Soldiers and civilians into a 100-strong team capable of delivering base support services and infrastructure to 7,500 Soldiers across the V Corps area of operations.

Chace assumed command of 11 installations across the three military communities of Poznan, Powidz and Świętoszów. His leadership will also include command and control of U.S. Army Garrison Black Sea, overseeing Mihail Kogălniceanu Airbase in Romania and Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria – further aligning the Army’s home at NATO’s forward edge.

"It's always an honor to command, but to take command of a unit that is still building and make a lasting impact on such a great team and community is a dream come true," said Chace

He aims to build on the strong foundation laid by Church, focusing on integrating with Polish hosts, enhancing security infrastructure, and supporting mission success. This transition underscores the commitment to ensuring the enduring presence of U.S. Forces in Poland and strengthening partnerships with Polish and NATO allies.

Social Media Reel of the USAG Poland CoC, June 28.