A detachment of 10 U.S. airmen opens America's first permanent military mission in Poland Nov. 9 at the air base in Lask, Poland. The mission is a sign of the defense partnership between Washington and Warsaw, which has been supporting the U.S. administration in military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Czarek Sokolowski / AP)
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WARSAW, Poland — A unit of 10 U.S. airmen has arrived at an air base in Poland for what will be the first permanent U.S. military presence in the country.
The troops arrived at the air base in Lask, in central Poland, with two U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets and a Hercules transport plane.
U.S. Ambassador Stephen D. Mull, U.S. commander in Europe Adm. James Stavridis and Poland Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak attended the ceremony, which also included a Polish military parade.