Major General Roman Polko

Major General Roman Polko

Former commander of GROM

Former Deputy chief, National Security Bureau (BBN)


“High Performance in the Heat of Battle” – Address to the Conference Gala, Thursday 12th May.

Major General Roman Polko is one of Poland’s most celebrated soldiers. He is acting chief of the National Security Bureau (BBN) and former commander of “GROM,” the primary special forces unit of the Polish Armed Forces.

During an illustrious career, Roman Polko has seen active service in Yugoslavia; in Kosovo, where he was commander of the Polish military contingent, and in Iraq, where he commanded the GROM unit behind enemy lines during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has also set the Polish record, along with troops from GROM, for the highest altitude parachute jump at 9,375 metres.

Major General Polko will be guest of honour at the Gala event celebrating ASPIRE’s second anniversary on the first evening of the conference. He will address the meeting on the conference theme of “Acting Local, Winning Global,” drawing on his rich and unique experience leading elite Polish forces in global and multinational actions, providing insights into effective leadership and teamwork when anything less than the highest performance levels are not an option.