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News | Aug. 13, 2020

US Army engineers break ground, enhance Polish infrastructure

By Pfc. Raekwon Jenkins U.S. Army Europe

A ground breaking ceremony for Resolute Castle 20 was held at Karliki, Poland, Aug. 13, 2020.

It officially recognized the efforts of Task Force Resolute Castle, which is slated to complete seven construction projects to improve existing host nation infrastructure. The scheduled projects includes the construction of an intermediate staging base, forward arming and refueling point maintenance, the clearing of a helicopter landing zone, and the improvement of a railhead byway and range road at Camp Trezbien, Poland. Additionally the improvements will include the construction of a general purpose warehouse in Karliki, Poland, and the construction of a fuel system supply point at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland. 

“These projects will mutually benefit the U.S. and Poland by enabling us to effectively move supplies and troops as needed,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jessica Goffena, the commander of 15th Engineer Battalion. 

The engineers are scheduled to complete the numerous projects, which started Monday, by Sept. 10, 2020.

Goffena said despite facing a compressed timeline, our Troops [will be] able to maintain timely milestones with quality and quantity.

An engineer-squad leader displayed his zeal to demonstrate his unit’s capabilities to the host nation.

“Task Force Central Resolute Castle provides us not only with a great opportunity to conduct engineering missions for the U.S. and Polish, but also to show all our Allies that we can work effectively,” said Sgt. Joe Ruiz, a horizontal engineer with 902nd Engineer Construction Company, 15th Engineer Battalion.

The planned efforts of the task force has not gone unnoticed at various levels of Polish leadership.

“We greatly appreciate all the efforts and contributions made by everyone involved,” added Polish Land Forces Maj. Krzysztof Krezel, chief of training assessment group. “This mission could not be done without partnership and cooperation from both sides.”