U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Feltey, commandant of the School of Armor, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, visited the Land Forces Training Center in Biedrusko, Poland, July 7, 2022. Feltey visited the training center to observe how Polish armored forces conduct training and operations.
“Today was all about our partners and allies,” Feltey said. “We really invested in an important relationship between the American Armor School and the Polish Armor School.”
Polish Army Colonel Krzysztof Kuba, Commander of the Ground Forces Training Center, toured the base. During the visit, Feltey and Kuba discussed how Polish forces could adjust their training to integrate the integration of the M1 Abrams main battle tank into their army.
The Polish Ground Forces purchased 250 American M1A2 SEPv3 tanks, and the US Army and Polish Ground Forces designed a tank academy to teach Polish soldiers everything there is to know about the Abrams. During these courses, American soldiers instruct Poles in the capabilities of the M1A2 Abrams tank – how to operate and use it in a tactical environment, as well as maintenance, recovery, and how to plan and conduct the shot.
During the visit, Feltey was able to test out the Polish Wheeled Armored Vehicle Simulator, an indoor weapons simulator, and ride in a Polish T-72M tank.
“My favorite part of this visit was getting to ride in the T-72,” Feltey said. “I never thought I would be able to do this, and it was really awesome.”
At the end of the visit, Feltey presented Kuba with a US Army Armor School crest, showing his appreciation for their partnership.
“The strategic relationship between the United States and our NATO allies is of enormous importance, especially at this crucial time,” Feltey said.