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Polish officer appointed deputy commander of US Army V Corps under exchange deal

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s defense ministry say a senior Polish officer has been appointed deputy commander of U.S. Army V Corps at Fort Knox under a military exchange program.

Maj. Gen. Adam Joks, 54, will take up the position in the summer, serving as deputy to Lt. Gen. John S. Kolasheski.

Polish and U.S. officials said Monday that the appointment underlines the two nations’ strong defense ties.

Soldiers perform winter live-fire training at Bemowo Piskie training area, Poland, on Jan. 16. (Sgt Arturo Guzman/Army)
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An Army Europe official said the command is still “unaware of the exact location” that V Corps will be set up and could “only confirm that it will be in Poland.”

A far-flung forward command of the V Corps was launched in Poznan, Poland, last fall, as part of Washington’s response to Polish concerns about regional security at a time of Russia’s increased military activity.

Around 5,000 U.S. troops are based in Poland.

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