From 30 September to 5 November an American delegation led by Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, former Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA), stayed at the Military University of Land Forces on the occasion of the official inauguration of the academic year. The delegation was accompanied by Major Andrew Underwood, Assistant Army Attaché of the USA in Poland.

During his stay at the University, Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen delivered a lecture on leadership, which attracted so many people that the cinema in the Academic Culture Centre was bursting at the seams. “I would like you to always remember that what makes a true leader is personality, competence and determinedness. Personality is the most important of these. Even if you have tremendous skills and knowledge, but lack a strong and reliable personality, you will not be leaders. Soldiers are service providers for the public. We guarantee their stability and security. Our relations are based on trust held in us, and we build it based on character. If we lose this trust, we will not be seen as trustworthy leaders,” said General Caslen in his speech.

The lecture concluded with a discussion between the General and the attendees, during which our guest answered a number of questions. He also congratulated all on selecting this career path, and reminded them that, as soldiers, they were responsible for the security of the citizens. He wished cadets good luck in their future military service.

The AWL Rector Commandant also met with the guests. At the meeting, the participants discussed Polish-American military cooperation. Differences in education and training at both universities were also discussed.

Text by: mjr Marcin Jasnowski

Photos by: st. chor. sztab. Marek Kańtoch/kpr. pchor. Kornel Wasilewski

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