Active duty members of GROM stand over the coffin of Slawomir Petelicki. He was the first commander of GROM when the unit was activated in July 1990. Gen. Petelicki apparently committed suicide back in June 2012. Some people believe he was assassinated because of his vocal opposition of the Polish government.
"Leutnant Kurt Wolff. At first glance, you could only say ‘delicate little flower’. A slender, thin little figure, a very young face, whose entire manner is one of extreme shyness. He looks as if you could tip him backwards with one harsh word. But below this friendly schoolboy’s face dangles the order Pour le Mérite. And so far, these modest looking eyes have taken 30 enemy airplanes from the sky over the sights of his machine guns, set them afire, and made them smash to pieces on the ground. This slender youth is already one of the best men of the old Richthofen Staffel 11." - Karl Bodenschatz, in his Jagd in Flanders Himmel (“War in the Flanders Skies”).