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Dear Readers,

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Looking forward to seeing you in 2011!

Ambasada USA i Fundacja Wspomagania Wsi ogłaszają ósmą edycję konkursu “Know America”! Zapraszamy młodzież licealną z całej Polski do sprawdzenia i pogłębienia swojej wiedzy na temat Stanów Zjednoczonych. Do wygrania jest trzydniowy program w Warszawie i wiele innych nagród. Jeden ze zwycięzców tegorocznej edycji konkursu weźmie udział w Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute, intensywnym czterotygodniowym programie edukacyjnym w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Konkurs “Know America” sprawdza wiedzę uczestników z wielu dziedzin amerykańskiej kultury w tym: historii, geografii, sztuki i pop kultury, jak również problemów społecznych, etnicznych i religijnych. W 2009 roku ponad 1000 uczniów szkół średnich wzięło udział w konkursie. Więcej informacji na temat konkursu można uzyskać na stronie www.know-america.org Zgłoszenia przyjmowane są tylko do 14 listopada!

General Roger A. Brady, Commander, Allied Air Command Ramstein, dedicated a memorial on September 8 to the late Commander of the Polish Air Force, General Andrzej Błasik, who died in the April 10 Smolensk plane crash en route to attend the Katyn commemoration. 

The ceremony was held at the Headquarters Allied Air Command Ramstein and attended by General Błasik’s widow, Mrs. Ewa Błasik, their two children, Joanna and Michał, as well as by several high ranking military leaders and representatives of the U.S. and Polish Air Forces. 

General Brady dedicated an oak tree – a symbol of strength in Poland – to General Błasik, planted in the premises of HQ AC Ramstein.  Together with Mrs. Błasik, General Brady then unveiled a bronze plaque reading:

IN MEMORY OF GEN ANDRZEJ BŁASIK

Commander, Polish Air Force, 19 April 2007 – 10 April 2010

“A jeśli komu droga otwarta do nieba, Tym co służą ojczyźnie” (Jan Kochanowski)

(“The door is open to heaven, for those who serve the fatherland”)

The oak tree and the plaque will from now on honor the virtue of General Błasik and his contributions to the NATO alliance.

Speaking at the ceremony, General Brady said, “I truly appreciated the determination of General Błasik as he was a faithful friend and true ally in our efforts to advance Air Power for NATO.  The relationships he forged throughout NATO, and especially the United States Air Force, continue to bear fruit for the Alliance and for our nations.”

The Air Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Col. Mary Peterson, said, “General Blasik will be missed by all who knew him.  He had a positive impact on his own air force, and on U.S. and NATO air forces.  A living memorial on the ground’s on NATO’s Air Component at Ramstein is a fitting tribute to someone whose legacy will also live on.  Future generations of airmen from across Europe will pass by this beautiful memorial and pause to remember him and the proud Polish Air Force he represented.”

The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw is pleased to invite candidate nominations for the Winter 2011 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for University U.S. National Security Policymaking. The institute is a rigorous post-graduate-level academic seminar with integrated study tours which will provide a group of 18 scholars and professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of U.S. national security policy and current threats facing the United States. The institute focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy and the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping that policy. The program will examine specific security issues such as energy policy, economic stability, cyber-security, chemical and biological weapons, nuclear weapons, and infectious diseases. The program will also focus on regional security concerns in Africa, Europe, South Asia, the Western Hemisphere, East Asia, and the Middle East. Finally, the program will cover the fight against terrorism, the impact of globalization, and U.S. global leadership. The program will be supplemented by a simulation exercise, a group project, and a study tour. Click here for more details about the program. Please note that space in the institute is very limited. To be competitive, candidates must have excellent proficiency in English and outstanding qualifications.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2010.

How to apply:

1. Complete the application form. NOTE: Your personal statement should not exceed one page.

2. Send your application form and your CV to: susi-poland@state.gov.

3. Wait patiently to hear whether you have been chosen for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in Warsaw the week of September 20, 2010.

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During her visit to Krakow, Secretary Clinton laid a wreath at the Katyn Memorial Cross in Krakow in remembrance of those who were killed in the plane crash on April 10, 2010. The 96 victims onboard the flight to Smolensk, Russia included Polish President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria Kaczyńska, high-ranking political and military figures, and families of the victims of the Katyn massacre. The simple wooden cross behind Wawel became a point of mourning for thousands in the aftermath of the April 10 plane crash. The families of the Polish-American artist Wojciech Seweryn, Undersecretary Andrzej Kremer, Brigadier General Włodzimierz Potasiński and Lieutenant General Kwiatkowski were present and Secretary Clinton expressed her condolences to them. The governor of Malopolska, Stanislaw Kracik attended the wreath laying, and an honor guard from the Polish military units based in Krakow which have served in Afghanistan conducted the wreath laying ceremony.

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