On 21 December last year, the letter of intention was signed by the Ministry of National Defence, the Voivode of Małopolska, Malopolska Province, District of Nowy Sącz, Commune of Korzenna and Commune of Grybów regarding the establishment of the 4th Mountain Infantry Battalion, which will become the part of the 21st Highland Rifles Brigade (21. BSP). Formation of the new Polish Army unit was announced on 16 May 2019 by the Head of the Ministry of National Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak.
Participating in the event were – Parliamentarians of Malopolska: Barbara Bartuś, Patryk Wicher, Jan Duda, Wiesław Janczyk, Arkadiusz Mularczyk, Senator Wiktor Durlak, and Deputy Voivode of Małopolska Józef Leśniak, Marshal of the Province Witold Kozłowski, Deputy Marshal Łukasz Smółka, representative of the Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak, Director of the Department of Infrastructure Dr Marcin Mazuryk, Head of the District of Nowy Sącz Marek Kwiatkowski, Mayor of the Commune of Korzenna Leszek Skowron and Mayor of the Commune of Grybów Jacek Migacz.
All the parties undertook to take every effort to enable construction of as modern barrack complex as possible, which will be home of the 4th Mountain Infantry Battalion. The event was preceded by the signing of a notarial deed on the plot on which military barracks will be built – they plot was handed over to the Ministry of National Defence by 7 January 2022.
The newly formed unit will complement the 21. BSP, so far having been consisting of: 1st Highland Rifles Battalion (1. Batalion Strzelców Podhalańskich) from Rzeszów, 5th Highland Rifles Battalion (5. Batalion Strzelców Podhalańskich) from Przemyśl and 22nd Carpathian Mountain Infantry Battalion (22. Karpacki Batalion Piechoty Górskiej) from Kłodzko. The construction of the barracks is scheduled to commence in 2022 or 2023, and until then the appropriate documentation will be made and the various local local consents required will be issued. The battalion will consist of about 800 troops and, among others, 50 Rosomak Wheeled Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
The letter of intent regarding the creation of a new unit of the Polish Army was signed by representatives of the Ministry of National Defense, Małopolska Province, Nowosądecki County, Korzenna Commune, Grybów Commune and the Małopolska Voivode / Photo: Małopolska Provincial Office in Krakow