Polish President honours Czech soldiers

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

The Polish Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Grazyna Bernatowicz, and the Polish Defence Attaché to the Czech Republic, Colonel Jacek Stec, presented awards to two Czech officers last week on behalf of the Polish President.

Captains Marek Jerabek and Roman Rostas received the Polish Medal, the Star of Afghanistan, at the Polish Embassy in Prague on 14th September at the ceremony celebrating Polish Armed Forces Day.

The Polish President, Andrzej Duda, decided to decorate the Czech officers with the prestigious Polish award for their excellent cooperation and teamwork while working alongside the Polish unit deployed to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, and serving simultaneously with the Czech 4th Guard Company in the Resolute Support Mission.

"The medals presented here today have great personal meaning to us since we worked very closely with our Polish colleagues in Bagram. We were in daily contact and got to know each other very well, and perhaps because we are also bound together by the Slavic spirit," said Captain Jerabek, Commander of the 4th Guard Company in Bagram.

"These medals which were awarded to our soldiers are proof that there exists a very great friendship and high-level of cooperation between Czechia and Poland, as well as a deep appreciation of the joint work currently being carried out in far off Afghanistan," said the Deputy Minister of Defence, Daniel Kostoval, at the ceremony.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

September 20, 2016