Colonel (ret.) Piotr Gąstał was the Commander of Polish Special Mission Unit “GROM” from 2011 to 2016.
Col. Gastal volunteered to Special Forces “GROM” in 1991. Col. Gastal was assigned to the Special Program Division to build and train the Special Boat Group in GROM in 1993.
Throughout his service in Special Forces he participated in numerous trainings, workshops and exercises with partner nations in the United States, Europe and Africa Mr. Gastal was deployed with his GROM Unit to the Haiti Operation “Uphold Democracy”, to the United Nations Transitional Administrations in Eastern Slavonia, to OSCE mission in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Colonel Gastal completed Special Forces Officer Qualification Course at JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC and Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Course at NATO School, Oberamergau, Germany.
Colonel Gastal graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA earning his Master’s degree in National Security Studies – Combating Terrorism Policy and Strategy and he fulfilled Intelligence in Combating Terrorism Course at National Intelligence University, Washington, DC.
Colonel Gastal graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Defense Resources Management Institute – Defense Resources Management Course.
Colonel Gastal provided advice to the following Polish leaders on defense and counterterrorism issues: Polish President, Minister of Defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Internal Security, Chief of National Police.