“Camp Kościuszko is First Permanent U.S. Installation on NATO’s Eastern Flank” – TTG

(From left to right) Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak, U.S. Army Gen. Darryl Williams, the commanding general of United States Army Europe and Africa, Polish Land Forces Gen. Jarosław Mika, general commander of Branches of the Armed Forces, and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Kolasheski, the commanding general of U.S. Army Fifth Corps, applaud after the unveiling of the Camp Kościuszko during the official renaming ceremony for Camp Kościuszko, Poznan, Poland, July 30, 2022. The renaming of the Forward Operating Site at Poznan to Camp Kościuszko represents the United States and Poland’s shared history and marks the beginning of the first permanent U.S. presence on NATO’s eastern flank. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Garrison Waites) 

This is from a 29 June article in “The First News”, a Polish news site based in Warsaw.

US President Joe Biden announced, at the Nato summit in Madrid, that the US would be strengthening its military presence in Europe adding that it would create the permanent headquarters of the US Army’s V Corps in Poland. ”Today I’m announcing the United States will enhance our force posture in Europe and respond to the changing security environment as well as strengthening our collective security,” Biden said on Wednesday.

He said the U.S. was establishing a permanent headquarters of the US Army’s V Corps in Poland, sending two additional F-35 fighter jet squadrons to the UK and would have more “air defense and other capabilities” in Germany and Italy. “In Poland, we’re going establish a permanent headquarters, the US Fifth Army Corps, and strengthen the US-NATO interoperability across the entire eastern flank,” Biden said.

Poznań is 400 miles east of Frankfurt, the old Cold War base of V Corps. As Master Sergeant Albert H. Rivers would say, “The shit’s on, good buddy.”



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11 Responses to “Camp Kościuszko is First Permanent U.S. Installation on NATO’s Eastern Flank” – TTG

  1. Fred says:

    Yeah! Take that America firsters and Trump supporters who thought America should bring the troops home and spend that peace dividend here.

    How much is Poland paying the USA to do this? Why isn’t the UK funding it’s own air defenses? They are cutting their army to 72,500, in a time of “emerging threats and challenges.” Like the Taliban, who Biden and NATO defeated.

    And for all you Russia fan boys out there, remember- the Russian army is defeated, and any day now the Ukrainians will push them out of all their territory and reclaim Crimea. See TTG’s latest post for confirmation. The rest of you might wonder why the USA needs to move their army even further Eastward in order to defend former members of the Warsaw Pact, that just shows you don’t understand strategy like Biden, Blinken and Lloyd Austin.

    • Pat Lang says:


      It sounds like this is “Corps Main” with “Corps Rear” left in Frankfurt.

      • TTG says:

        V Corps hasn’t been in Frankfurt since the mid-90s. It moved down the road to Heidelberg from the old IG Farben building and deployed to Hungary once and Albania once as well as several times to SWA. It was inactivated in 2013. It was reactivated in 2020, headquartered at Fort Knox, with a forward element going to Poland sometime after that. I don’t know if Poznań is going to remain a forward base or if the entire V Corps HQ will be there.

        I only remember them in the old IG Farben building in Frankfort. That building had some weird old contraptions that passed for elevators. There were no doors. A continuous ran constantly between the floors with small platforms. You had to jump on and off the platform to go between floors. Called the Pater Nosters, because you often said the Lord’s Prayer before using them. I know of one person that forgot to get off, went over the top and died.

        • LeaNder says:

          TTG, the story about the person killed since not getting off is obviously an urban myth. These elevators were rather rare, but given my age I am familiar with them too. Admittedly it was a a challenge to jump on and off. But if you missed for that reason, nothing happened to you on the top or for that matter on the bottom, since at those ends the elevator changed direction. I tested that feeling. 😉
          The good thing about the Pater Noster’s was, you never had to wait. The old DW (German media) building here in Cologne still had one of those.

          What is your take on the Russian claim that an American Himar killed Ukrainian POW in detention center? Precision munition and precision intelligence?

          • TTG says:


            Thanks for the enlightenment about the paternoster. It appears more like a carnival ride now. The more I think about that death in the IG Farben paternoster, I think it was a case of hesitancy on entering/exiting and the poor bastard got caught between floors.

            As more photos and analyses come out, it seems more like a Russian operation to cover up torture and executions while trying to discredit Ukrainian use of HIMARS.

      • Bill Roche says:

        A deuce and a half at 50 MPH, from Fkt to Fulda Gap would take a bit more then an hour. Not that many years ago, Russia pushed its face right up against NATO. Not America’s fault; the Russians forgot to go home after ’45. Now V Corp moves to Poznan which is about a 5 hours drive to Suwalki. Nasty NATO is rtng the favor to the Russians by moving into their face? I don’t see it that way. Given current tensions, if Russia and Bylorussia should close the narrow corridor at Suwalki the Baltic NATO allies w/b cutoff. Ahhh, the importance of Kalingrad b/c clear. The Balts and Poles don’t threaten Russia, but Russia threatens them. Why?? Its that Romanov thing again, Puti Poot just can’t go. The Mother of all Slavs, Balts, Finns, and Bulgars will not be denied. Can ye no leave t’other alone? Guess not. So yeah, V Corp Rear Fkt (Bier and weiner schnitzel), V Corp Main Poznan (Piwa and kielbasy). Our guys will find the Polish food is more interesting and the Polish girls are very pretty.

        • cobo says:

          “Suwalki” too bad for the Rooskies, they will have to accomodate all their Kaliningrad comrades as the bedraggled survivors of NATO attacks make their way. And yes, Polish chicks are hot. NATO will come to realize, that is it’s destiny.

    • Al says:

      Ah, Fred, but you musta forgot it was Trump who signed the deal with the Talaban and set the “victory” cascading.

      • Fred says:


        You musta forgot that the US had defeated them years before. Or that the career professionals in the general officer corps had told Trump, and everyone else that would listen, that the Afghan government so carefully crafted would actually fight to retain power. But pray tell, what threat do they pose to the UK that they would need two squadrons of F-35s and all the crew support and millions in spending – in the UK – to defend against?

  2. ked says:

    kinda like the Berlin Brigade – but given inflation, it’s a Corps Hdqrtrs.

  3. I want to highlight something Stephen Walt said

    the security dilemma describes how the actions that one state takes to make itself more secure—
    building armaments, putting military forces on alert, forming new alliances—
    tend to make other states less secure and lead them to respond in kind.
    The result is a tightening spiral of hostility that leaves neither side better off than before.
    [Comment: In brief, counterproductive policies.]

    Empathy goes out the window,
    and diplomacy soon becomes a competition in name-calling.

    I hope people can take Steve Walt’s point to heart.

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