Minister of National Defence informed in Nowe Miasto on the Pilica River

Written by Emilia Cuch

New air training centres for cadets and students of the Polish Air Force Academy will be established in Nowe Miasto on the Pilica River, along with the Territorial Defence Force centres and garrisons of the 61st Battalion of Light Infantry in Grójec, Mariusz Błaszczak, the Minister of National Defence informed.

During his visit to Nowe Miasto on the Pilica River on Saturday, the head of MOD participated in the presentation of the practical cooperation of the Territorial Defence Force with the operational forces. The event took place at the former military airfield.

The meeting, combined with a military picnic, was attended by the Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, Stanisław Karczewski, Secretary of State in MON, Tomasz Zdzikot, commander of the Territorial Defence Forces, Brig.Gen. Wiesław Kukuła and the Rector - Commandant of PAFA Brig. Gen. Pil. Piotr Krawczyk, PhD.

After 18 years, the army has returned to Nowe Miasto on the Pilica. Not only is it an important event for the town, but for the entire Polish Army as well, said the Minister. This cooperation is the essence of our country’s defence. The operational troops will be supported by the Territorial Defence Force, who know local areas and are very much connected with local communities, Mariusz Błaszczak, the head of MOD, said.

A non local air training centre will be established in Nowe Miasto on the Pilica to meet the needs of both cadets and civilian students of PAFA. The facility will provide training to candidates for professional servicemen in the following specialisations: a jet plane pilot, a transport plane pilot and a helicopter pilot. A larger part of the airfield facility is already used for training purposes. 

It’s a historic and unique moment. The Polish Air Force Academy is returning to Nowe Miasto. We are going to create a new history of this town and this airfield. I hope it is going to be the second home for the „School of Eaglets”, highlighted Rector - Commandant Brig. Gen. Pil. Piotr Krawczyk, PhD. 

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