Led by Polish Culture Forum CIC Braden Blejski, '20, Cadets John Snurkowski '19, Bart Grzybowski '21 (Polish International Cadet), and semester-exchange cadets from Poland Remek Trybus and Magda Zapala traveled to Washington, DC to take part in wide-ranging cultural immersion and regional awareness activities. Foreign Area Officers from the Pentagon Poland Desk LTC Jerzy Matyszczuk and Michael Tobias (DFL alum and former-Russian instructor) provided cadets with a broad-ranging overview of contemporary US/NATO joint activities with Polish Armed Forces.
Cadets visited the Institute for World Politics (IWP) for a brief by IWP Director John Lenczowski and Kosciuszko Chair, DR Marek Chodakiewicz and met with Lithuanian Defense Attaché COL Alvydas Siuparis and former Vice-Defense Minister BG (R) Jonas Kronkaitis. They also visited the Polish Embassy at the invitation from the Polish Defense Attaché MG Cezary Wisniewski to discuss joint NATO operations and forward basing of US and other units on Polish soil.
On the final day of the trip cadets visited Arlington Cemetery to observe changing of the guard. While there they also paid respects at the grave of the Forum's original founder and one of its strongest supporters, LTG Edward Rowny, who died last year at the age of 100 after a decades-long career in the Army and US diplomacy. Among his many accomplishments: the renewed presence of Polish cadets at USMA on both the four-year and semester-exchange programs.