Task Force White Eagle

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Task Force White Eagle (in Polish referred as Polskie Siły Zadaniowe (Polish Task Force)) is a brigade sized detachment of Polish Land Forces in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The brigade is under the command of the US 1st Cavalry Division.

Structures[edit]

Polish soldiers of Battle Group B in Afghanistan guarding Highway 1 connecting Kabul and Kandahar.

The brigade is divided into two major elements. The kinetic element consists of units that are going into direct contact with the enemy and the non-kinetic element consists of support and logistic units.

  • Kinetic elements
    • Battle Group A (battalion sized) - FOB Ghazni, FB Four Corners
    • Battle Group B (battalion sized) - FOB Warrior, FB Giro, COP Qarabagh
      • 1st Mechanized Infantry Company (five infantry platoons)
      • 2nd Mechanized Infantry Company (five infantry platoons)
      • Logistic Company
      • Engineering Group
    • Special Operations Group - FOB Ghazni (JW Komandosów TF50, JW Grom TF49)
    • Reconnaissance Group - COP Ajiristan
    • Independent Air Group - FOB Ghazni
Polish Army Cougars on Operation Passage
  • Non-kinetic elements
    • Psychological Operations Group
    • Civil-Military Co-operation Group
      • 1st Tactical Support Group
      • 2nd Tactical Support Group
    • Operational Mentoring & Liaison Team no 1 (3rd Brigade, 203rd Corps ANA)
    • Operational Mentoring & Liaison Team no 2 (1st battalion, 3rd Brigade, 203rd Corps ANA)
    • Operational Mentoring & Liaison Team no 3 (2nd battalion, 3rd Brigade, 203rd Corps ANA)
    • Provincial Reconstruction Team Ghazni (USA/POL)
    • Agriculture Development Team Ghazni (USA)
    • Medical Support Group - FOB Ghazni
    • National Support Element - FOB Ghazni
      • Detached Logistic Support Group
    • Forward Surgical Teams (USA) - FOB Ghazni

Size[edit]

Turn Time frame Commander Unit Number of Soldiers
IV 30 October 2008 - 29 April 2009 płk Rajmund Andrzejczak 12th Mechanized Division ~1650 (POL ~1500, USA ~150)
V 29 April 2009 - 26 October 2009 płk Rajmund Andrzejczak 6th Air Assault Brigade ~2070 (POL ~1930, USA ~150)
VI 26 October 2009 - April 2010 Brig Gen Janusz Bronowicz 21st Tatra Highlanders Brigade ~2150 (POL ~2000, USA ~150)
VII April 2010 - October 2010 10th Armored Cavalry Brigade
VIII October 2010 - April 2011 17th Mechanized Brigade ~~3700 (POL ~2600, USA ~1100)

Equipment[edit]

Polish soldiers of CIMIC Group July 2008

The basic combat vehicle of Battle Groups is KTO Rosomak in various variants. Rosomak is complemented by Cougar H (MRAP) and HMMWV leased from the USA. Lightly armored HMMWVs are used only in situations that exclude use of heavier vehicles. Fire support is provided by 98mm M-98 mortars and 152mm Dana howitzers. Air support is provided by Independent Air Group using Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters as well as UAVs.

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