John Drewienkiewicz

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John Drewienkiewicz
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1966–2001
Rank Major General
Battles/wars Kosovo War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Pro Memoria Medal (Poland)[1]

Major General Karol John Drewienkiewicz[2] CB, CMG is a retired British Army officer, generally known as "DZ".[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Drewienkiewicz attended Stamford School, an independent boarding school in southern Lincolnshire, alongside Mike Jackson, with whom he later served in Kosovo and who went on to become the professional head of the British Army.[4]

Army career[edit]

Drewienkiewicz was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1966[2] and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 1968,[5] captain in 1972,[6] major in 1978,[7] lieutenant colonel in 1984[8] and colonel in 1988.[9] Promotion to brigadier came on 31 December 1989, with seniority from 30 June that year.[10]

Drewienkiewicz attained general officer rank with promotion to acting major general on 15 December 1994 and was appointed Engineer in Chief (Army).[11] He was granted the substantive rank of major general on 25 April 1995 with seniority from 1 July 1994.[12] He was appointed to the NATO role of Director of Support at LANDCENT on 28 July 1995[13] and to the honorary role of Colonel Commandant, Corps of Royal Engineers in 1997.[14] In 1998 he served as military assistant to the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina[15] and was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1998.[16] Drewienkiewicz went on to serve as second in command, under William Walker, of the Kosovo Verification Mission (KVM),[17] a group of unarmed observers sent into Kosovo in 1999 to oversee the United Nations-mandated reduction in arms under Slobodan Milošević's regime.[18][19] Drewienkiewicz was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for his role in the KVM.[20]

Drewienkiewicz retired from active service on 31 March 2001 and was appointed to the Reserve of Officers.[21] He was succeeded as Colonel Commandant, Corps of Royal Engineers by then-Major General Mark Mans.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pro Memoria Medal awarded to PHS members". polishheritage.co.uk. The Polish Heritage Society. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "(Supplement) no. 44126". The London Gazette. 20 September 1966. p. 10605. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Biography on Cultural Experience website
  4. ^ Jackson, General Sir Mike (2007). Soldier. Bantam Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-593-05907-4. 
  5. ^ "(Supplement) no. 44513". The London Gazette. 30 January 1968. p. 1181. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "(Supplement) no. 45738". The London Gazette. 1 August 1972. p. 9156. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "(Supplement) no. 47745". The London Gazette. 16 January 1979. pp. 652–653. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "(Supplement) no. 49807". The London Gazette. 17 July 1984. p. 9774. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "(Supplement) no. 51399". The London Gazette. 5 July 1988. pp. 7701–7702. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "(Supplement) no. 52017". The London Gazette. 16 January 1990. p. 640. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "(Supplement) no. 53881". The London Gazette. 20 December 1994. p. 17738. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "(Supplement) no. 54016". The London Gazette. 24 April 1995. p. 6016. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "(Supplement) no. 54116". The London Gazette. 1 August 1995. p. 10503. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "(Supplement) no. 55006". The London Gazette. 6 January 1998. p. 102. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "(Supplement) no. 55019". The London Gazette. 20 January 1998. p. 659. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "(Supplement) no. 55006". The London Gazette. 15 June 1998. p. 102. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  17. ^ Neely, Bill (23 January 1999). "Serbs rewrite history of Racak massacre". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  18. ^ Daly, Emma (21 October 1998). "Kosovo rebels warn of backlash". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  19. ^ Gall, Carlotta (24 February 1999). "Serbs and Rebels Trade Missile Fire for the Second Day in a Row". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "(Supplement) no. 55710". The London Gazette. 31 December 1999. p. 3. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  21. ^ "(Supplement) no. 56164". The London Gazette. 2 April 2001. p. 4051. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  22. ^ "(Supplement) no. 57881". The London Gazette. 24 January 2006. p. 989. Retrieved 26 November 2010.