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- In 1984, he joined the 29th Medium Tank Regiment in Żagań and served in this unit until 1991.
- In 1991 he enrolled at the Faculty of Land Forces of the National Defence Academy in Warsaw.
- Between 1993 and 1995 he served, inter alia, in the 18th Battalion Airborne assault and 6 Air Assault Brigade.
- From 1995 to 1998, he served in the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade in Tomaszów Mazowiecki.
- In 1999, after completing the annual post-graduate command post in the USA, he was appointed deputy commander of his unit.
- From 2002 to 2005 he served as commander of the 34rd[clarification needed] Armoured Cavalry Brigade in Zagan.
- In 2004 and 2005 he was deputy commander of Multinational Division Central-South in Iraq.
- Between 2005 and 2006 he was deputy director of the NATO Joint Force Training Centre in Bydgoszcz.
- From 2006 to 2007 he was Deputy Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.
- On 15 June 2007, Buk was appointed commander of 1st Mechanised Division of Warsaw.
- On 25 July 2007, he took command of the IX amendment NEC and Multinational Division Center-South in Iraq
- On 15 September 2009 he was appointed by President Lech Kaczynski to commander of the Army.
- On 10 April 2010, he died in the presidential plane crash near Smolensk.
Awards and decorations
- Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2010, posthumously)
- Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2005)
- Commander's Cross of the Order of the Military Cross (2008)
- Silver Cross of Merit
- Bronze Cross of Merit
- Iraq Star
- Silver Medal in the Service of the Armed Forces of the Fatherland
- Silver Medal of Merit for National Defense
- Legion of Merit, Commander Degree (2008)
- Commemorative medal of the Multinational Division Central-South
- Badge of Merit for the Polish Veterans' Association and Former Political Prisoners (2008)
- 15 August 2004: promoted to the rank of brigadier general.
- 10 July 2007: promoted to the rank of major general.
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- "List of People Who Died in the Smolensk Airplane Disaster". The Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "GENERAL ORDERS NO. 2010–20". http://armypubs.army.mil/. HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
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