Today marks the first anniversary of Bridgadier General Sławomir Petelicki, founder of the GROM, along with other GROM and friends.

I had the honor of dining with his widow and current GROM Commander at his residence this year in Warsaw, Poland. While in his great room I could see he was a voracious reader and study of the warrior culture. The most impressive among his collection was an original Samurai suit of armor, along with several original swords.

Current and former members of the GROM I met with all held him in the highest regards, and a more than a few shared stories about the grueling physical fitness training the General would personally lead.

My visit to their unit, the bond of brotherhood, and the intimate dinner hosted by the General’s widow was an experience I’ll never forget.