Mil.ru reported today on President Putin’s 11 October ukaz transferring administrative and operational control of air assault brigades in Ussuriysk, Ulan-Ude, and Kamyshin from Eastern and Southern MD Commanders to General-Colonel Vladimir Shamanov and the VDV.
The MOD website says the decree is No. 776; it doesn’t appear on Kremlin.ru yet, but may later.
Mil.ru reported VDV commissions are already surveying the condition of weapons, equipment, and facilities in the three brigades, and converting their training program to match that of the VDV.
Shamanov announced that this change, and others, were pending back in early August.
Posted in Force Structure, Ground Troops, Shoygu's Reforms, VDV
Tagged Decree, DShBr, ДШБр, Kamyshin, Ukaz, Ulan-Ude, Ussuriysk, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Shamanov
Russian has an untranslatable word, звездопад, invariably used in announcing high-level military promotions. It might be best translated as meteor shower. But when it comes to generals, admirals, and O-6s adding metal to their shoulderboards, star shower sounds better.
Late Thursday, President Putin provided a star shower via ukaz, and here are the results:
- RVSN Commander Sergey Viktorovich Karakayev and VVKO Commander Oleg Nikolayevich Ostapenko become General-Colonel (three stars).
- New Navy CINC Viktor Viktorovich Chirkov becomes Admiral (three stars).
- New Air Forces CINC Viktor Nikolayevich Bondarev becomes General-Lieutenant (two stars).
Looks like maybe the new high command team is locked into place for some time to come.
The other promotions:
- Commander of the 9th VKO Brigade Vladimir Aleksandrovich Korytkov and Chief of PVO Troops and Aviation for the Central MD Yevgeniy Nikolayevich Tuchkov become General-Major (one star).
- A Northern Fleet division commander Vladimir Mikhaylovich Vorobyev, Chief of Staff of the Northern Fleet’s Kola Mixed Forces Flotilla Vadim Franstevich Kulit, and White Sea Naval Base Commander Viktor Nikolayevich Liina become Rear-Admiral (one star).
RIA Novosti noted yesterday the new 58th Army Commander is General-Major Andrey Gurulev. Gurulev was previously its chief of staff. His boss, General-Major Andrey Kartapolov also moved up to be Deputy Commander, Southern MD.
Krasnaya zvezda published a personnel decree from January 20 that somehow managed to slip past. It included the following changes.
Relieve of duty:
- Colonel Oleg Viktorovich Averin, Chief, Missile-Artillery Armament Service, Western MD.
- Colonel Vyacheslav Nikolayevich Gurov, Commander, 6th Independent Tank Brigade, 20th Army.
- Lieutenant Colonel Mikhail Vladimirovich Yerofeyev, Chief, Missile-Artillery Armament Service, Western MD.
- Colonel Andrey Vladimirovich Lipikhin, Commander, 6th Air Defense Brigade.
- Colonel Vladimir Pavlovich Omelyanovich, Commander, 6th Independent Tank Brigade, 20th Army.
- General-Lieutenant Khamit Iskarovich Kamalov.
President Medvedev’s military personnel decree from December 22.
Recall that Colonel Yartsev is being investigated for “taxing” the premium pay his pilots were receiving.
- Colonel Dmitriy Vilorovich Gorbatenko, Chief, Troop Training Directorate, Western MD.
- Captain 1st Rank Oleg Vladimirovich Zhuravlev, Commander, Leningrad Naval Base, Baltic Fleet.
- Colonel of Medical Service Aleksey Eduardovich Nikitin, Chief, 2nd Directorate, Deputy Chief, Main Military-Medical Directorate, RF Defense Ministry.
- Colonel Nikolay Nikolayevich Yartsev, Chief, Air Forces Training-Scientific Center “Air Forces Academy Named for Professor N. Ye. Zhukovskiy and Yu. A. Gagarin” Branch (Syzran, Samara Oblast).
Relieve and dismiss:
- Vice-Admiral Sergey Ivanovich Menyaylo, Deputy Commander, Black Sea Fleet.
- General-Major Bagir Yusif ogly Fatullayev.
President Medvedev’s December 8 decree . . . some appointments in VVKO.
- Colonel Viktor Musavirovich Afzalov, Commander, 4th Air Defense Brigade, relieved as Commander, 4th Aerospace Defense Brigade.
- General-Lieutenant Valeriy Aleksandrovich Bratishchenko, Deputy Commander, Air and Missile Defense Command, relieved as Deputy Commander, Operational-Strategic Command of Aerospace Defense.
- Colonel Andrey Gennadyevich Demin, Chief of Staff, First Deputy Commander, Air and Missile Defense Command, relieved as Commander, 1st Aerospace Defense Brigade, 1st Air Forces and Air Defense Command.
- Colonel Andrey Vasilyevich Ilin, Chief, 153rd Main Space Test Center.
- Colonel Anatoliy Nikolayevich Nestechuk, Deputy Commander, Space Command.
- General-Major Aleksandr Ivanovich Afinogentov, Chief of Staff, First Deputy Commander, Long-Range Aviation.
Didn’t have to wait long for this. This morning President Medvedev signed out the ukaz with appointments to command positions in the VKO Troops (VVKO).
Kommersant’s source was mostly, but not completely, right. Valeriy Ivanov will be chief of staff, and Sergey Popov, the chief of air defense for the Air Forces, will move to VVKO to command its Air and Missile Defense Command.
- General-Lieutenant Valeriy Mikhaylovich Ivanov, Chief of Staff, First Deputy Commander, Troops of Aerospace Defense, relieved as Commander, Operational-Strategic Command of Aerospace Defense.
- General-Lieutenant Sergey Aleksandrovich Lobov, Deputy Commander, Troops of Aerospace Defense, relieved as Deputy Commander, Space Troops.
- General-Major Oleg Vladimirovich Maydanovich, Commander, Space Command, relieved as Chief, 153rd Main Test Center for Testing and Control of Space Systems.
- Colonel Konstantin Aleksandrovich Ogiyenko, Commander, 5th Air Defense Brigade.
- General-Lieutenant Oleg Nikolayevich Ostapenko, Commander, Troops of Aerospace Defense, relieved as Commander, Space Troops.
- General-Major Sergey Vladimirovich Popov, Commander, Air and Missile Defense Command, relieved as Chief, Air Defense, Deputy CINC of the Air Forces for Air Defense.
There you have it. What looks like it will be a new service — VVKO — is born, and an old branch — KV — apparently will go away. More presidential paperwork on that is likely forthcoming. But today we’ve learned who’s in VVKO’s head shed, and that its two major components will be, not surprisingly, the Space Command and Air and Missile Defense Command.
President Medvedev’s decree yesterday dismissed Russia’s senior military representative to NATO, Army General Aleksey Maslov, who was once Ground Troops CINC. Fifty-eight-year-old Maslov leaves a little early for a four-star general. No word on whether he requested to retire. At any rate, other generals might be shuffled about to fill the NATO milrep spot, or it might be gapped for a time.
But on to the decree.
- Captain 1st Rank Igor Valentinovich Grachev, Chief, Missile-Artillery Armaments Directorate, Northern Fleet.
- Colonel Sergey Semenovich Nyrkov, Commander, 9th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade.
- Colonel Sergey Faatovich Akhmetshin, Deputy Chief, Main Staff, Air Forces.
- Colonel Dmitriy Valeryevich Laptev, Commander, 9th Aerospace Defense Brigade.
Relieve and dismiss from military service:
- Rear-Admiral Yuriy Prokopyevich Yeremin, Chief, Navy Military Training-Scientific Center “Naval Academy” (1st Branch, St. Petersburg).
- General-Major Aleksandr Viktorovich Shapekin, Chief of Staff, First Deputy Commander, Operational-Strategic Command of Aerospace Defense.
Dismiss from military service:
- Army General Aleksey Fedorovich Maslov.
In yesterday’s decree, President Medvedev retired General-Lieutenant Sadofyev, Deputy CINC of the Air Forces and Aviation Chief. As you’ve read, he was sometimes the service’s spokesman, especially on modernization issues. Sadofyev turned 55 (normal age limit for two-stars) in January. At one time, he looked like a candidate to replace Air Forces CINC, General-Colonel Zelin, who continues to serve.
Medvedev made General-Major Vladimir Gradusov Deputy CINC of the Air Forces. He wasn’t given the Aviation Chief title to replace Sadofyev directly. But he has the background for it.
As the decree said, Gradusov comes from the 185th Combat Training and Combat Employment Center in Ashuluk. Krasnaya zvezda recently profiled him.
He’s 53 (maybe 52). Native of Moscow Oblast. Trained at the Kharkov Higher Military Aviation School for Pilots. Served as pilot-instructor at Kharkov. Commanded the training squadron at the Krasnodar Higher Aviation School, training foreign students on the L-39 and MiG-21.
He’s commanded fighter regiments, and served in the former Kiev, North Caucasus, Transbaykal, and Siberian MDs. In 2003, he left the post of aviation chief of the Siberian MD’s air and air defense army for the training center job in Ashuluk.
He’s mastered the L-29, L-39, MiG-21 (all mods), MiG-29, MiG-31, and An-26. Apparently not a Sukhoy guy. KZ notes without elaboration that Gradusov has been in combat.
But on with the decree . . .
- Colonel Andrey Mikhaylovich Bulyga, Chief, Material-Technical Support Planning and Coordination Directorate, Central MD.
- General-Major Vladimir Yuryevich Gradusov, Deputy CINC, Air Forces, relieved as Chief, 185th Combat Training and Combat Employment Center.
- Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Borisovich Yefimov, Chief, Missile-Artillery Armament Service, Southern MD.
- General-Major Fraiz Fazlyakhmetovich Salyyev, Chief, Technical Support Directorate, Central MD, relieved as Chief, Technical Support Directorate, Southern MD.
- Colonel Mikhail Anatolyevich Khvostenkov, Chief, Missile-Artillery Armament Service, Eastern MD.
Relieve and dismiss from military service:
- Rear-Admiral Vitaliy Nikolayevich Ivanov, Chief of Fleet Communications, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, Pacific Fleet.
- General-Lieutenant Igor Vasilyevich Sadofyev, Chief of Aviation, Deputy CINC of the Air Forces for Aviation.
This is President Medvedev’s decree from Monday which has the swap of General-Lieutenant Zarudnitskiy for Tretyak as Chief of the GOU.
- General-Major Valeriy Leonidovich Shemyakin, Deputy Commander, Military-Transport Aviation.
Relieve and dismiss from military service:
- General-Major Yevgeniy Anatolyevich Derbin, Deputy Chief, State Administration and National Security Faculty, RF Armed Forces Military Academy of the General Staff.
- General-Lieutenant Andrey Vitalyevich Tretyak, Chief, Main Operations Directorate, RF Armed Forces General Staff — Deputy Chief, RF Armed Forces General Staff.
- Colonel Dmitriy Anatolyevich Voloshin, Chief, Combat Training, Long-Range, Military-Transport and Special Aviation, Chief Inspector-Pilot.
- General-Lieutenant Vladimir Borisovich Zarudnitskiy, Chief, Main Operations Directorate, RF Armed Forces General Staff, Deputy Chief, RF Armed Forces General Staff, relieved as Deputy Commander, Southern MD.
President Medvedev’s decree on Armed Forces personnel from September 15. Now we know he won’t be signing out many more.
- Rear-Admiral Valeriy Ivanovich Miron, Deputy Commander for Material-Technical Support, Pacific Fleet, relieved as Chief, Military Training-Scientific Center of the Navy “Naval Academy” Branch (St. Petersburg-Petrodvorets).
- Colonel Andrey Vladimirovich Kuzmenko, Commander, 17th Guards Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade, North Caucasus MD.
- Mr. Nikolay Ivanovich Ludchenko, Chief, Military Academy of Rear Services and Transport Branch (St. Petersburg).
- Colonel Yevgeniy Viktorovich Tubol, Commander, 59th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade, 5th Army.
- General-Major Sergey Valeryevich Chebotarev, Deputy Commander, 29th Army.
- Colonel Roman Valeryevich Sheremet, Commander, 8th Aerospace Defense (VKO) Brigade.
Dismiss from military service:
- Rear-Admiral Sergey Nikolayevich Barannikov.
- Vice-Admiral Fedor Savelyevich Smuglin.
Rossiyskaya gazeta covered these changes. Among other things, the paper noted Smuglin will head the external relations directorate of the Central Electoral Commission. This had already been reported by ITAR-TASS in mid-August.