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    Mieczysław Bieniek

    General of the Polish Armed Forces

    Between July 1998 and January 1999 he successfully leaded Polish-Nordic Brigade SFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the first Polish general taking up his duty within NATO structures. After his return from Bosnia, he worked at Balkan Crisis Emergency Committee as an advisor to the Minister of Defense. In autumn 1999 he was appointed as the chief of Pion Szkolenia i Ćwiczeń Kwatery Głównej Reagowania NATO in formations such as ARRC Applied Rapid Reaction Forces and Allied Mobile Forced (Land). In 2002 he was appointed as the first deputy to the leader of the 3rd International Army Campus with his leadership in Turkey – Istambul. Between January and July 2004 he commanded Multinational Stabilization Forces in Iraq. From 2004 to 2007 he was the commander of the 2nd Mechanized Corps. In 2007 he was appointed, as the representative of NATO Supreme Allied Commander, as an advisor to the Minister of Defense in Afghanistan, Kabul where he stayed for half a year. From October 2007 to March 2009 he was a military advisor to Polish Minister of National Defense. In April 2009 he took the post of a Polish representative to NATO and European Union. On November 10th, 2010 he was promoted by the President of the Republic of Poland to a general.

    He was honored with Polonie Restituta cross, Officer’s Polonia Restituta cross and the golden Cross of Merit. In July 2004 he was honored by Aleksander Kwaśniewski, head of the armed forces, with Commander’s Polonia Restituta cross. Moreover, he was honored with Bronze Star medal of the US Army, Golden Cross for Bravery of the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as medals from the Republic of Hungary and Slovakia.