Major General Andrzej Reudowicz
Commander Joint Warfare Centre
Major General Andrzej Reudowicz was born on 19 November 1961 in Pisz, Poland. He started his military service in 1980. In 1984, he graduated from the Mechanized Forces College in Wrocław, but has since completed many courses, training and studies, including university and post-graduate studies at the National Defence Academy (1994, 2008). After graduating from the Academy, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on 15 August 2008. He continued his education and in 2013 he completed the International Capstone Course (Rome).
His professional military career started in 1984 as a platoon leaderfor the 41st Mechanized Regiment in Szczecin. In 1987, he was appointed Commander of the Mechanized Company, and in 1990 he assumed the role of Chief of Staff of the Mechanized Battalion.
In 1994, Major General Reudowicz was appointed Battalion Commander of the 33rd Mechanized Regiment, Budowo. In 1995, he was nominated as Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander in the newly formed 13th Mechanized Brigade, Czarne. In 1998, he was assigned to the Land Forces Command Operational Planning Branch where he served until 2002.
Following the accession of Poland to the Alliance, Major General Reudowicz was engaged in preparing and developing NATO operational planning and participated in Poland’s first NATO exercise series. Major General Reudowicz was the first representative of the Polish Land Forces involved in Operation Enduring Freedom and took part in the mission as a member of the Polish Liaison Team working at U.S. CENTCOM, Tampa (2001-2002). In his later career Major General Reudowicz has assumed positions such as the Deputy Commander of the 15th Mechanized Brigade (2002-2004), main specialist and then Chief of the G-3 Land Operations Management in Land Forces Command (2005-2006) and Commander of the 10th Armored Cavalry Brigade in Świętoszów (2008-2011). In 2005, he was appointed Special Advisor to the Commander of the Multinational Division Central – southern Iraq. He was also Commander of the 8th rotation of the Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan (2010-2011) and served as Commander-in-Chief of Command Centre of Operational Command (2011-2013). Major General Reudowicz was then assigned as Chief of the Aeromobile and Mechanized Forces Management in the Land Forces Inspectorate (2014-2015). In 23 November 2015, he was appointed Commander of the 12th Mechanized Division in Szczecin.
Major General Reudowicz took over the command of NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) and thereby became the Centre’s eighth Commander on 21 July 2016. He was promoted to the rank of Major General on 15 August 2016.
His awards and decorations include Order of Army Cross, Silver Cross of Merit, Gold Medal of Merit for National Defence, Meritorious Service Medal, Star of Iraq, Star of Afghanistan, NATO ISAF Medal from the NATO Secretary General, amongst others. He is also a Mace Prize winner, which is the Polish award for innovation and creativity. Major General Reudowicz was also acknowledged in the “Book of Honour of the Polish Army” (2011) for his exceptional achievements in service, including training in peacetime. From September 2011, Major General Reudowicz also became the Chancellor of the Order of Army Cross.
He and his wife Jolanta have been married for 23 years, and they have two children. Major General Reudowicz enjoys history, philosophy and literature, and he is an active winter sportsman.