As proof of the USA’ continued dedication to the NATO alliance and Poland, the California Military Nationwide Guard’s 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment formally took the helm of Battle Group Poland (BGP) on Feb. 11, 2022, throughout a handover, take over (HOTO) ceremony right here. The 185th turns into the tenth consecutive BGP command unit for the reason that battle group was created in 2017. The unit employs greater than 1,000 troops from the U.S., Nice Britain, Romania, Croatia, and Poland, with California Guardsmen however supported strongly with Oregon and Washington Guardsmen. The 185th will function as Process Pressure Thunderbolt. It relieves the third Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment from the Washington Nationwide Guard.

“We intend to proceed serving Poland and to proceed the USA’ duties to NATO and our companion nations. With me are a whole bunch of American women and men, every bred with conventional American ideas and values that no nation ought to ever stand alone when its beliefs and ideas face challenges. Along with our worldwide staff members, we are going to overcome any challenges put earlier than us. First, we provide friendship to our new communities. We provide our working arms, our expertise as fellow women and men, to close by villages and neighborhoods to proceed to construct Battle Group Poland’s cooperative alliance with our native communities,” mentioned Lt. Col. Trevor Phillips, incoming BGP commander.


U.S. Military Lt. Col. Trevor Phillips, heart, commander of 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment, accepts the NATO guidon from Plk. (Col.) Piotr Fajkowski, Polish commander of the fifteenth Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Feb. 11, 2022, signifying the 185th’s official command of Battle Group Poland on the hand over, take over ceremony at Bemowo Piskie Coaching Space, Poland.(U.S. Military Nationwide Guard picture by Employees Sgt. Eddie Siguenza)

Since arriving in Poland in late January, the 185th continues adapting to its Japanese Poland location whereas frequently monitoring points that have an effect on areas surrounding Poland. Process Pressure Thunderbolt continues organizing coaching eventualities throughout the battle group and has a whole bunch of huge forest-filled acreages through Poland’s help to conduct simulated warfare. The 185th’s journey began at its small San Bernadino, California, armory the place it acquired its first mobilization warning order in 2020. The unit departed California in early January and held pre-mobilization preparedness at Fort Bliss, Texas, for a number of weeks. Per Dalton, the 185th’s final important deployment was Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008-09.

The 185th Infantry Regiment is a unit of the USA Military made up of troopers from the California Military Nationwide Guard, represented by the first Battalion, a part of the 81st Stryker Brigade Fight Staff. The 185th Infantry was first used for a unit that traced its lineage again to the sixth Infantry Battalion of the California Nationwide Guard. The final energetic unit of the previous 185th Infantry was the first Battalion, 185th Infantry, a part of the a hundredth Troop Command, headquartered in Moreno Valley, CA. Its greater headquarters, in flip, was the fortieth Infantry Division. This unit was disbanded in 2008. In 2016, the first Battalion of the 185th Armor Regiment was redesignated as the first Battalion of the 185th Infantry to type the present unit, which isn’t linked to the earlier 185th Infantry.

US Army Task Force Thunderbolt Take Battle Group Poland Helm (BGP)
U.S. Military Pfc. Moreno Chi, a member of 1st Battalion, 185th Infantry Regiment, Battle Group Poland, chats with a Romanian soldier because the pair line up respective battle preventing autos Feb. 11, 2022, throughout a hand over, take over ceremony at Bemowo Piskie Coaching Space, Poland. (U.S. Military Nationwide Guard picture by Employees Sgt. Eddie Siguenza)