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    New commander for Russian Air Force

    Or, Aerospace Forces, rather, that is what it is called now.

    Colonel General Sergey Surovikin, who currently commands all Russian forces in Syria

    just appointed, Putin signed it off today.

    He is replacing Col. General Viktor Bondarev

    who, in late September, retired from the military, after many years of service, including through the Chechen Wars, and the 2008 War with Georgia; to become a senator in the Federation Council, where he now heads the National Security and Defense Committee


    I must confess I do not understand the logic of this appointment by Putin.

    For Bondarev, the Air Force was his home, his family, he was a lifelong career aviator

    piloted interceptors back in Soviet Union (at left)

    and in 2015, even personally headed the aircraft portion of the annual May 9th Victory Day Red Square military parade, at the wheel of a massive Tu-160 bomber


    He loves to be in the sky, lives for it, like any real pilot, said so himself, at the time.

    Surovikin is an Army general

    He is an experienced warrior. Fought in the Soviet War in Afghanistan; in Chechnya; reportedly was also deployed to Tajikistan during the Civil War there in the 90s. An interesting part of his biography is that he also led the tank battalion of the elite Taman Division, deployed into Moscow in 1991, as part of the Coup attempting to basically stop the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Afterwards, he was even arrested for a time, by the Yeltsin government, and blamed for the deaths of three young men who were crushed by a tank in the unrest back then. But was later cleared of wrongdoing and returned to the military.

    But, again, he is an ARMY general. He knows nothing about planes. He will be totally out of his element in the Aerospace Forces.

    Totally confusing appointment IMHO

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    Eerily familiar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Eerily familiar.

    lol I suppose there is some similarity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Or, Aerospace Forces, rather, that is what it is called now.

    Colonel General Sergey Surovikin, who currently commands all Russian forces in Syria

    just appointed, Putin signed it off today.

    He is replacing Col. General Viktor Bondarev

    who, in late September, retired from the military, after many years of service, including through the Chechen Wars, and the 2008 War with Georgia; to become a senator in the Federation Council, where he now heads the National Security and Defense Committee


    I must confess I do not understand the logic of this appointment by Putin.

    For Bondarev, the Air Force was his home, his family, he was a lifelong career aviator

    piloted interceptors back in Soviet Union (at left)

    and in 2015, even personally headed the aircraft portion of the annual May 9th Victory Day Red Square military parade, at the wheel of a massive Tu-160 bomber


    He loves to be in the sky, lives for it, like any real pilot, said so himself, at the time.

    Surovikin is an Army general

    He is an experienced warrior. Fought in the Soviet War in Afghanistan; in Chechnya; reportedly was also deployed to Tajikistan during the Civil War there in the 90s. An interesting part of his biography is that he also led the tank battalion of the elite Taman Division, deployed into Moscow in 1991, as part of the Coup attempting to basically stop the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Afterwards, he was even arrested for a time, by the Yeltsin government, and blamed for the deaths of three young men who were crushed by a tank in the unrest back then. But was later cleared of wrongdoing and returned to the military.

    But, again, he is an ARMY general. He knows nothing about planes. He will be totally out of his element in the Aerospace Forces.

    Totally confusing appointment IMHO
    Wow, you mean over there they actually replace leaders with some sort of relevant experience? We used to do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatist View Post
    Wow, you mean over there they actually replace leaders with some sort of relevant experience? We used to do that.
    I suppose. Though, I am still confused as to what relevant experience an Army general has for the Air Force

    Guess Putin knows something I do not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    I suppose. Though, I am still confused as to what relevant experience an Army general has for the Air Force

    Guess Putin knows something I do not...
    What's with all the pictures of him flying jets if he is in the army?

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    Putin's friend...... ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatist View Post
    What's with all the pictures of him flying jets if he is in the army?
    That's the other guy, the one who retired.

    Quote Originally Posted by galatin View Post
    Putin's friend...... ?
    Or Shoigu's, at least...

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