MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In Zernograd, a commemorative ceremony of naming its own Mi-26 “Vitaly Pavlov” helicopter in honor of the Hero of the Soviet Union, Commander of the Army Aviation of the Ground Forces (in the period 1989-2002) Colonel-General Vitaly Pavlov took place.
The ceremony began with a solemn meeting: the participants laid flowers and wreaths at the monument “100 years of Russian aviation”. The servicemen of the Southern Military District (YuVO) launched an exhibition of weapons and military equipment, as well as a field kitchen, where they treated everyone to soldiers’ porridge. At the end of the holiday, a festive concert took place on the runway of the Zernograd airfield.
The event was attended by servicemen and civilian personnel of the Southern Military District, representatives of local self-government bodies of the city and region, veterans of military operations and the Armed Forces of the city of Zernograd, representatives of youth organizations, youth soldiers of the sports military-patriotic club “Zubr”.
From July 1981 to December 1982, Vitaly Pavlov performed his international duty in Afghanistan, where he commanded the 50th separate mixed aviation regiment. He personally participated in many dangerous operations, showing an example of courage, bravery, ability to fully use the combat capabilities of aviation equipment and weapons. He flew 307 sorties in Afghanistan, having flown 567 hours.
By the decree of the Presidium of the USSR Armed Forces of March 3, 1983, Colonel Pavlov Vitaly Yegorovich was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union for the successful completion of the assignment to provide international assistance to the DRA, for the courage and heroism shown at the same time. He was awarded the Orders of Lenin, the Red Star, “For Service to the Motherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR” 3rd degree, “For Military Merit (Russia)” and many medals, including foreign orders and medals; personal weapon – for fruitful operations in Chechnya.
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