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The Commander of the Airborne Forces, Hero of Russia, Colonel-General Andrei Nikolaevich Serdyukov congratulated the veterans and servicemen of the Airborne Forces on the 91st anniversary of their formation.

In his congratulations, the commander of the Airborne Forces addressed all categories of personnel and veterans of the troops:

“Dear comrades! Dear veterans! Battle friends!

On behalf of the Command, the Military Council and myself, I congratulate you on the 91st anniversary of the formation of the Airborne Forces!

During its long history, the troops have traveled a glorious path of victories and achievements. We will always remember the defenders of the Motherland in the years of difficult trials of the Great Patriotic War, the heroes – paratroopers who honorably fulfilled their military duty in Afghanistan, in the Republics of Central Asia, in the mountains of the North Caucasus, during special operations and peacekeeping missions, in repelling attacks of international terrorism.

For courage and heroism shown on the battlefields, tens of thousands of servicemen of the Airborne Forces were awarded orders and medals, 296 paratroopers were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, and 110 were awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.

The success of the Airborne Forces is largely based on the strength of spirit and love for the Fatherland, mutual assistance and true male friendship. These qualities reliably bind the “winged guard” with strong bonds, turning the airborne brotherhood into a single and large family, which every year becomes stronger and stronger.

Today, the Airborne Forces are developing as the basis of the Rapid Reaction Force, equipped with the most modern weapons, military and special equipment, ready to carry out tasks of any assigned task, reliably ensuring the security and sovereignty of our state.

The troops are especially proud of our veterans, for whom service in the “winged infantry” has become their destiny, the meaning of life, the most important thing. Your practical experience, an example of high professionalism, boundless love and devotion to your country is passed on to the current defenders of the Fatherland, who preserve and enhance the traditions of all generations of paratroopers.

I would like to express my warmest words of gratitude to parents, wives and children for the support of our servicemen, who have chosen a profession for themselves – to defend the Motherland.

As the Commander of the Airborne Forces, I express my gratitude to all personnel and veterans of the troops for conscientious military work, loyalty to military duty and the Military Oath!

I sincerely wish everyone good airborne health, family well-being and new achievements for the good of our Strong and Great Russia!

Nobody except us!”.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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