Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
General Bieniek was born in Krapkowice, Poland, on 19 June 1951.
He joined the Polish Army as an Officer Cadet in 1969. Following commissioning, he served in 7th Reconnaissance Battalion of 10th Armoured Division, starting as platoon leader, through long range reconnaissance company commander, and staff officer of the battalion.
From 1978 to 1981 he attended the Polish Armed Forces General Staff Academy. Upon graduation he served as chief of G-3 Plans of 6th Airborne Division. In 1983 he was assigned as COS of battalion of 6th Airborne Division, and in 1985 he assumed a command of the battalion where served until 1989.
Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1989, he was appointed as COS and then CO of the Polish Contingent in the UN Mission -UNDOF until 1991. Then following a tour of duty as Section Chief in OPS Division of Cracow Military District, he served as Chief Logistics Officer in another UN Mission - MINURSO until 1993.
In 1994, upon his promotion to Colonel, he assumed the command of 6th Air Assault Brigade in Cracow. The following year he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London graduating in 1996, followed by command of 25th Air Cavalry Division. The same year he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. In 1997 he attended the Senior Defence Management Course in Monterey.
In 1999 General Bieniek took over Nordic-Polish Brigade Command in SFOR, and successfully commanded the Brigade for over 7 months. In 1999 he became the Chief of Crisis Management Division in Polish MOD. At the end of the year he was assigned as Chief of Exercise, Education and Training Branch in SHAPE.
In May 2002, he became Deputy Commander of 3rd Corps NRDC-Turkey. From January to July 2004 he successfully commanded Multinational Division Central-South in Iraq during the operation "Iraqi Freedom". Then, he was appointed as 2nd Mechanized Corps Commander. On the 15th August 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Between January and August 2007 he was assigned as a Special Envoy of the SACEUR in Afghanistan, where he served as an advisor to Minister of Defense.
From October 2007, he served as a senior military advisor to the Polish Minister of Defense. In April 2009 General Bieniek was appointed as the Polish Military Representative to the NATO and European Union Military Committees. Most recently he was nominated and on 29th September 2010 assumed the position of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. On the 10th of November 2010 he was promoted to the rank of General.
General Bieniek's education includes the Polish Army Academy and Polish Armed Forces General Staff Academy as well as Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree from Cracow Physical Education Academy and a PhD in International Security from Polish NDU.
In addition to English he is also fluent in Russian.
General Bieniek has been awarded the Officer's Cross and Commander's Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland, Golden Cross of Merit, US Bronze Medal of Merit, medals for operations and many others. His interests include history, literature and sports, especially tennis, snowboarding, windsurfing and parachuting. He holds the Jump Master qualification for both military and civilian parachuting, with more than 3000 jumps under his belt.
Moreover he is qualified to jump together with US, UK and Belgian Airborne Units.
General Bieniek is married to Grażyna. They have four grown children - Mieczysław, Piotr, Paweł and Magdalena.