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Polish bonds continue as US Soldiers visit cadets, build strong relations

By Spc. Dustin Biven | 22ND MOBILE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DETACHMENT | January 24, 2018

ZAGAN, Poland — Soldiers from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division met Polish military cadets at a Polish school in Rzepin, Poland Jan. 15 in an effort to continue building upon Polish-U.S. relations.

      U.S. Soldiers sat at tables throughout a room in the school and answered a wide variety of questions from cadets who sought to learn more.

     “It was great being able to meet with the cadets,” said Sgt. Demetri Richardson, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd ABCT. “They had a lot of great questions.”

      Although shy at first, through conversation, the ca­dets began sharing smiles and laughter with the 2nd ABCT Soldiers.

      “They asked about the day-to-day activities of a Soldier, what my hobbies were and even my favorite music,” Richardson said. “I feel like not only did they get something out of our visit, but we did too. I loved it and I look forward to being able to do it again.”

     After the cadets finished asking the Soldiers questions and learning about the U.S. mission in Poland, Command Sgt. Major Craig A. Copridge, senior noncommissioned officer of the 2nd ABCT, showed the cadets a step-by-step on how to properly prepare a Meal, Ready-To-Eat.

       Julianna Fedorowicz, a 16-year-old cadet at the school, volunteered first and tried the MRE.

      “It was actually really good,” Fedorowicz said. “It was great to meet with the U.S. military, they were all so kind, and I learned a lot talking with them.”

      Ewa Winiarczyk, principal of the school, helped arrange the visit between the cadets and the U.S. military to help the students learn firsthand what the U.S. is doing in Poland.

      “While teaching our cadets about the military, a visit like today is a great opportunity,” Winiarczyk said. “We want our cadets to learn why the U.S. is in Poland and what it is they are doing here to help. This is our first time having the U.S. visit the school, but we look forward to many more.”

      Cadets were able to learn more about the U.S. military’s presence in Poland and the United States’ commitment to providing collective security and America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region.