NATO to Help Build New US Military Facility in Poland

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, on April 1, 2019. NATO photo.

NATO will invest more than $260 million into a new storage facility in central Poland, near Powidz Air Base, for the US military, Jens Stoltenberg, the organization’s secretary general, announced Monday.

The new facility will preposition American equipment with the goal of speeding up US reinforcement for NATO allies in Eastern Europe, Stoltenberg said during a press conference in Brussels.

Construction is expected to kick off this summer and is slated to be completed in about two years.

The announcement comes the day before Stoltenberg visits Washington, D.C., for NATO’s 70th anniversary. While in the US, Stoltenberg will address a joint session of Congress.

The investment is the latest in a series of moves to build up the US presence in Poland, following the establishment of a USAF MQ-9 detachment last month.