By Capt. Jaymon Bell, 12th CAB PAO
KIELCE, Poland (Sept. 8, 2015) – The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade participated in the Polish Armed Forces’ Exhibition of Equipment and Armaments here, Sept. 2, at the Targi Kielce Exhibition and Congress Center.
The four-day event focused on showcasing new military technology for Poland’s Technical Modernization Plan for the Polish Armed Forces 2013‑2022.
The 2nd Battalion of the 159th Attack Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment provided one AH-64 Apache attack helicopter and 4th Battalion of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade from Savannah, Georgia, provided a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to complete the static display.
This event was an opportunity for Soldiers in the 12th CAB to interact with the Polish public and members of the military by explaining how their helicopters and aviation personnel operate.
“I’ve seen the AH-64 on television and in the movies before but never in person,” said Lieutenant Grezegorz Banaszek of the 7th Aviation Squadron, 25th Air Calvary Brigade. “I can’t believe I’m sitting in the cockpit now.”
This was the second static display for the 12th CAB in Poland. Two AH-64 Apaches also participated in the Polish Armed Forces Day parade Aug. 15, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland.
“This is my first exposure to the Polish military,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Andrew Maney from 2nd Battalion, 159th Attack Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment, 12th CAB. “I was impressed by their eagerness to partner with American forces and desire to improve interoperability between our forces.”
The 12th CAB is currently conducting training missions throughout Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Atlantic Resolve is an ongoing multinational partnership focused on combined training and security cooperation between NATO allies and is intended to improve combined operational capability in a range of missions and ensure the continued peace and stability for a strong Europe.
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