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GROM (Poland)

Post by sgo.ramirez » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:29 pm

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GROM stands for Grupa Reagowania Operacyjno-Manewrowego (Operational Maneuver Response Group)

This is the first Polish unit, which has been organized by the best of British and American models. This formation is prepared to conduct a comprehensive special operations, direct actions and antiterrorist missions in conditions of peace, crisis and war.

GROM unit can be compared to world well-known special formations:

• USA - 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta (so-called Delta Force)
• USA - SEALs Team VI (DEVGRU)
• United Kingdom - Special Air Service (SAS)
• Israel - Sayeret Matkal.

GROM soldiers possess skills useful in complex rescue operations aiming at rescuing hostages from the hands of terrorists. They can operate on land, but also on water (ships and drilling rigs) and air. GROM works in teams of four. These teams consist of well-trained and equipped commandos, who apart from general training hold two specialties, being radio telegraphists, marksmen, sappers, chemists, doctors, drivers. The group also includes analysts, electronics engineers, IT specialists, pyrotechnicians and other technicians. Thanks to them cooperation of individual teams is plausible. Each soldier is a professional in conducting special operations. They undertake several month-long arduous trainings in parachuting, diving, etc. Candidates for GROM service need to pass psychological and physical efficiency tests, and so-called “truth attempt”, which is a physically and mentally exhaustive field test, in which the weakest drop out.

GROM soldiers gain experience through participation in missions and trainings with the best special units in the world.


Participation in missions:

1994 Haiti;
1996 Balkans;
2002 - 2003 Kuwait;
2002 - 2008 Iraq;
Since 2002 Afghanistan.


GROM from the beginning was a fully professional formation. In Armed Forces, this has ensured the highest possible degree of training and preparation for different tasks in the country and beyond its borders. The unit is under a direct supervision of the Special Forces Commander.
Currently a commander of GROM is Col. Jerzy Gut.

http://www.wojskaspecjalne.mil.pl/41-mi ... html?ln=en

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http://www.wojskaspecjalne.mil.pl/53,op ... html?ln=en

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Re: GROM (Poland)

Post by sgo.ramirez » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:45 am

Video archive about GROM full spectrum preparations for deployment to hostage rescue situations during EUFA EURO 2012 Poland Ukraine (buildings, cars, buses, ships, planes):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpMbNAEtP-E

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Re: GROM (Poland)

Post by sgo.ramirez » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:50 am

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Brigadier General Sławomir Petelicki (13 September 1946 – 16 June 2012) was the first commander of the Polish special forces unit GROM from July 13, 1990, until December 19, 1995. Later, he was the head of the Foundation of Former GROM Soldiers.[1]
Contents

1 Biography
2 Death
3 Awards
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

Biography

Sławomir Petelicki was born September 13, 1946 in Warsaw. In 1969 he graduated from the Law Faculty of the Warsaw University. The same year he joined the I Department(Intelligence) Ministry of Internal Affairs of People's Republic of Poland and, until 1990, he served at various posts in the intelligence. On various posts in Polish embassies abroad he was responsible for counter-intelligence. Since 1973 a military advisor at the Polish consulate in New York. Upon his return to Poland he continued his service in the economical intelligence. After a brief stay in Sweden between 1983 and 1987, where he served as the head of the Polish intelligence in the embassy in Stockholm, he returned to Poland where he was assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the commanding officer of all the security services guarding Polish embassies and consulates.

Apart from his intelligence service, Petelicki was also an active member of special forces. He gained extensive experience in reconnaissance and diversion. Very little is known of the missions he was part of, apart from the missions to North Vietnam in 1971 and to China the following year.

In 1990 Petelicki was assigned to a newly-formed, then top secret JW 2305 special forces. Initially consisting only of himself, the unit was soon expanded to become the GROM. For the first several years the unit remained completely secret. It was first reported to the press in 1992 and became known to the public in 1994, after their first major military operation in Haiti. Dismissed on December 19, 1995, Petelicki remained unassigned.

Between May 14 and June 13 of 1996, Petelicki was the deputy Prime Minister for fighting the organized crime. On December 7, 1997 he was again assigned as the commanding officer of GROM unit. On August 15, 1998, the Day of the Polish Army, he was promoted by president Aleksander Kwaśniewski to the rank of brigadier general. On September 17, 1999 he finally gave up the command of GROM and retired. Thereafter, he headed the Foundation of Former GROM Soldiers, which helps the veterans to meld into the society.

In his later years he openly criticized Polish Government and condemned Polish president Bronisław Komorowski. He was considered a hero by various right-wing groups because in smilarities in their believes. He also accused Polish premier Donald Tusk of high treason.
Death

On June 16, 2012, Petelicki's wife found his body lying next to his car parked in the garage of their apartment block in Warsaw.[2] According to the police, Petelicki died from a self-inflicted gunshot to his head. Apart from the bullet entrance and exit wounds in his temples, no other injuries were found on his body,[3] and security cameras did not record the presence of any other people in the garage at the time of his death, leading the police to conclude that Petelicki had committed suicide.[2] He has left no suicide note.[3]
Awards

During his military career, Sławomir Petelicki was awarded with some of the most notable military medals, including the following:

POL Polonia Restituta Komandorski BAR.svg Order of Polonia Restituta, Commanders' Cross (1995)
POL Polonia Restituta Oficerski BAR.svg Order of Polonia Restituta, Officers' Cross
POL Polonia Restituta Kawalerski BAR.svg Order of Polonia Restituta, Knights' Cross
Cross of Merit for Bravery Cross of Merit for Bravery (1995)
50pxbbon.png Golden Cross of Merit
Krzyz Zaslugi Ribbon.png Silver Cross of Merit
POL Złoty Medal za Zasługi dla Obronności Kraju BAR.svg Golden Medal of Merit for National Defence
POL Srebrny Medal za Zasługi dla Obronności Kraju BAR.svg Silver Medal of Merit for National Defence
Legion of Merit Officer of the Legion of Merit (USA)
Army Commendation Medal Army Commendation Medal (USA)
Air Assault Badge Air Assault Badge (USA)

In addition, Petelicki was an honorary member of the 5th and 10th Special Forces Groups of the American "Green Berets" and a bearer of the Golden GROM Badge with Wreath. During his career he accomplished parachute, sniper and diver training. He also gained the I dan in Judo and was a specialist in helicopter landing. Popular among the journalists and mass media, Petelicki was also awarded with the title of Gentleman of the Year 2000 by the Gentleman monthly.

source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C5%82awomir_Petelicki

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Re: GROM (Poland)

Post by Ryan » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:28 am

There is a few (ex) GROM on these forums.
CQB-TEAM Education and Motivation.

"Pragmatism over theory."
"Anyone with a weapon is just as deadly as the next person."
"Unopposed CQB is always a success, if you wanted you could moonwalk into the room holding a Pepsi."

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Re: GROM (Poland)

Post by sgo.ramirez » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:33 pm

Happy to hear that. Great advantage for CQB Team.

Few weeks ago, there was a premiere of first book writen by former GROM operator about his service in elite special forces unit.

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It was inspired by Chris Kyle's American Sniper (where You can also find some info about GROM) also both gentelmans know each other;) At this moment it is avalible only in polish language but I hope it will change sooner or later.

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