LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – Polish Army Lt. Gen. Zbigniew Glowienka, the Polish Land Forces Component Commander, was awarded the Illinois Military Medal of Merit July 11 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minn.
Glowienka’s leadership has played a vital role in the military partnership between the Illinois National Guard and the Polish Land Forces.
The Illinois National Guard has had a state partnership with Poland since 1993. As part of the partnership, Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen work and train with Polish servicemembers. .
Poland and Illinois has co-deployed together first to Iraq and then Afghanistan since 2003. The latest iteration of the Illinois National Guard’s Bilateral Embedded Staff (BEST) Team is serving in Afghanistan with Poland’s Task Force White Eagle, a Polish Land Forces unit.