| Brigade General, retired, pilot, PhD with habilitation. Jan Rajchel is a military pilot with master class, with flight time over 2000 hours, including 1300 hours in supersonic airplanes MiG-21 and MiG-29. In 2013 he obtained the habilitation. Awarded with the Gold Merit Cross, Aviation Merit Cross, Ministry of Defense medals, title and badge Republic of Poland Merit Soldier and the honorable title Merit Military Pilot. Moreover, awarded with Militio Pro Christo and Jerzy Popiełuszko medals as well as recognized with the prestigious civilian aviation award “Blue Wings” for the creation and implementation of the new aviation training system.
For the last years of his military service (three cadencies) he was the Provost of the High Air Force Officers School in Dęblin, which achievements resulted in putting its name in the Polish Armed Forces Honorable Book.
Currently, he is a professor at the Siedlce University of Natural Science and Humanities, employed in the Social Science and Security Institute.
He graduated from the High Air Force Officers School in 1988 and started his military service in units of the 4th Fighters Division in Malbork, Debrzno, Goleniów, being on carrier positions up to the chief of airplane firing and obtaining the 1st class of the military pilot.
After graduation from the National Defense University, Air Force department, in 1994, he is directed to Malbork, where he developed his air force qualifications becoming the certificate of an instructor in all weather conditions and “Master” pilot’s class. He was on subsequent positions of the deputy squadron commander and the squadron commander. The squadron was reshaped into the so called High Readiness Squadron. He is one of the first Polish pilots who conducted reconnaissance flights on Dutch F-16s that time. For the next five years he was appointed as a 41st Fighters Regiment deputy commander.
After the reorganization of the Polish Air Force he was appointed as a commanding officer of the 41st Tactical Air Force Squadron. After Poland joined NATO, as one of the first Polish pilots he conducted combat readiness duties in the NATO air defense system. On the 14th December 2003, together with the commander of the 22nd Air Force Base, Col Eugeniusz Gardas, he made the historic last flight on MiG-21 fighter. After taking over MiG-29 from the German Air Force he handed over the position of the 41st Tactical Air Force Squadron commander and was appointed as the 23rd Air Force Base commander in Mińsk Mazowiecki. At the time of his command in the base, in 2006, he was responsible and took active part in efficient creation of the first Air Policing mission in Baltic states, which was responsible for the NATO air boundaries security. When serving in Mińsk Mazowiecki he got retrained to operate MiG-29 fighters.
In 2007 he was directed to the Air Force Command on the Deputy Chief of the Air Force position. In July 2007, he was assigned as the Chief of Staff of the High Air Force Officers School and the acting Provost – Commandant simultaneously and, on the 15th August 2007 he became the Provost – Commandant receiving his general military rank nomination from the President of the Republic of Poland – Prof. Lech Kaczyński.
He obtained the PhD title in the area of military science / tactics, in the National Defense University, in 1998, and habilitation in social science / political science at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, in 2013.
He is the author and coauthor of many monographs, joint works and scientific articles about defense and security. Polish Air Force is his main focus. Crisis management issues, security and public order institutions are the areas of his interest, as well.