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American Forces Press Service

New Polish Commander Heads Central South Division

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2005 -- Polish Maj. Gen. Waldemar Skrzypczak took command of the Multinational Division Central South at Camp Echo in Diwanyiha Feb. 7.

Skrzypczak, who once served as Poland's chief of land operations for land forces, succeeded Maj. Gen. Andrzej Ekiert, who commanded the multinational division since July.

The division is responsible for the security and stabilization of a southern portion of Iraq.

In his speech, Ekiert told the assembled troops, who included both incoming and outgoing Polish soldiers, that a great deal of work has been achieved in every aspect of line of operations since the third rotation of soldiers to Iraq.

He wished Polish soldiers finishing their rotation a happy return home in his speech. And he wished those arriving for the fourth rotation peaceful service and soldier's luck while performing their tasks.

Incoming commander Skrzypczak told the group that the most important tasks of the division are to help and support the Iraqi government and people in their aspirations to ensure security, stabilization and rebuilding a free and democratic Iraq.

The Ukrainians and Poles control areas in which the division operates.

Ceremony guests included Army Gen. George W. Casey, commanding general of Multinational Force Iraq, and Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz, commanding general of Multinational Corps Iraq.

Also attending the ceremony was Polish Minister of Defense Jerzy Szmajdzinski, the Republic of; Gen. Czeslaw Piatas, chief of the general staff for the Polish armed forces; Lt. Gen. Edward Pietrzyk, commander in chief of the Polish land forces; and Gen. Aamer Ahmed al-Hashimi, Iraqi chief of defense.

(Compiled from a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)


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