MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
July 29 this year in n. Medvezhye Ozera in the Shchelkovo District of the Moscow Region, Chief of Staff of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Yevgeny Ustinov, introduced the new commander of the Guards Formation of the Airborne Forces Directorate to the personnel.
During the solemn ritual, the Chief of Staff of the Airborne Forces received the St. George banner from the hands of the Guards Colonel Alexei Hamburg, who had commanded the unit since 2014 and was appointed to a higher position in the Command of the Airborne Forces, and handed it over to the new commander, the Guard, Colonel Viktor Babikov.
At the solemn event, Colonel-General Yevgeny Ustinov said in his speech: “A worthy, competent, experienced officer – Guards Colonel Viktor Mikhailovich Babikov has been appointed to the post of brigade commander, who today has been awarded the battle banner of the formation, a symbol of military honor and valor of the renowned team.
During its existence, the compound has qualitatively provided a reliable, uninterrupted communication system and control of the Airborne Forces, both in peacetime and in various local armed conflicts of the late XX – early XXI centuries.
For the courage, perseverance and courage shown in the performance of military duty in the settlement of armed conflicts, many servicemen of the unit were awarded high state awards.
The personnel of the formation constantly takes part in all exercises of the Airborne Forces conducted by the commander of the Airborne Forces, while demonstrating high training, organization, the ability to operate in difficult conditions, as close as possible to combat conditions, ensuring reliable communication of the command post of the Airborne Forces by subordinate formations and military parts.
I am sure that under the leadership of Guards Colonel Viktor Mikhailovich Babikov you will achieve high results, and the rich experience of the veterans of the formation, their help and mentorship will help you to continue the worthy chronicle of the airborne troops’ communications guards.
I express my gratitude to Guards Colonel Alexei Alexandrovich Hamburg for the fruitful work in maintaining the readiness of the unit to perform any assigned tasks, development and augmentation of the glorious traditions of the “winged guard”.
On this solemn day, I wish all personnel the unity of spirit, dedication, prosperity and success in military work for the good of our Motherland – strong and great Russia.
Nobody except us!”.
Representatives of the command of the Airborne Forces, veterans of the formation, the leadership of the Shchelkovsky district of the Moscow region, representatives of veteran and public organizations took part in the ceremony of transferring the St.George banner of the formation.
Guard Colonel Viktor Mikhailovich Babikov graduated from the Ryazan Institute of the Airborne Forces in 2000 and the Military Educational and Scientific Center of the Ground Forces “Combined Arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation” in 2013. He held positions from the commander of an airborne platoon to the chief of staff of a guards airborne assault division.
Member of the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus region. Awarded with medals of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, I and II degrees with swords.
Married. Has a son.
By order of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation of the Russian Federation of June 1, 2021, he was appointed commander of the guards unit of the Airborne Forces Directorate.
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