The Minister of defence of the Russian Federation General of the army Sergei Shoigu handed the flag to the new commander of the airborne troops of Russia Colonel-General Andrey Serdyukov and submitted it to staff, reports TASS.

“By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 4 October the commander of the airborne troops assigned to the General-the Colonel Serdyukov,” – reminded the Minister.

“Andrey is a competent leader and skilled organizer. Gained experience in service in the far East, South and Western regions. Passed all major command and staff positions from the commander of the reconnaissance platoon to the commander of the 12th reserve of the southern military district,” – said Shoigu.

Earlier, a source in the defense Ministry told TASS that the first Deputy commander of the southern military district Serdyukov will be replaced by Vladimir Shamanov as the commander of the airborne forces. Shamans, in turn,
took the post of head of the Duma Committee on defense.

In may this year, the Shamans told me that the intellectual level of the military personnel of airborne troops in recent years has become
much higher. According to him, due to the fact that more than 50% of the troops are now coming to serve in the airborne forces of higher and secondary special educational institutions.

The new commander of the Russian airborne troops took office 10.10.2016

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