Gov. Pat Quinn spent Sunday visiting with the president of Poland. The meeting took place at the Illinois Army National Guard training center in Marseilles, where Polish troops have trained. “This particular training center, many, many Polish military have come through and worked with our National Guard. We saw a demonstration of some of the techniques that are used and it’s important that we work together. We’re partners for peace,” the governor said.
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That “partnership for peace” dates to 1993, and since then, members of the Illinois National Guard have worked with Polish units in engagements such as Afghanistan. President Bronoslaw Komorowski awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland to the governor, Maj. Gen. William Enyart, the adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, and to 13 soldiers. The award is bestowed upon foreigners for “distinguished contribution to international cooperation with Poland.”