Vladimir Putin handed the 393rd Air Force Base Russian Order of Kutuzov.
VLADIMIR PUTIN: Hello, fellow pilots!
Fellow officers, fellow sergeants, soldiers! Dear veterans!
I congratulate you on the remarkable event — the presentation of the 393rd Air Base of the Southern Military District, Order of Kutuzov. You deserve this award. Earned Ratna affairs and exploits flawless execution of the most complex challenges throughout its illustrious history department.
For the past 60 years, your part in the fighting ranks in the service of the Fatherland. With victories passed really legendary, heroic way. Your predecessors, the pilots 807-Attack Regiment received its baptism of fire at Stalingrad, and then beat the enemy on the Taman, the Crimea, the Baltic States, participated in the liberation of Russian naval glory — Sevastopol. Here the regiment earned the proud name of "Sevastopol".
Attack aircraft pilots have always been, so to speak, on the front lines in the inferno, under the fire of battle, where the hardest where you need to quickly come to the rescue. In military aircraft, combat helicopters, pilots the same objective. This was the case in Afghanistan, where your fellow soldiers carried out the most complex tasks, and at the time of the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus during the critical peacekeeping missions.
In the history of the connection over a thousand soldiers were awarded orders and medals, and 28 were awarded the highest honor of the motherland — the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation.
Units such as yours — is support and pride of the Russian Army, because the armed forces can not be imagined without the continuity of martial traditions, without the high morale of the military spirit.
Today I want to re-emphasize that we will continue working consistently to strengthen the defense potential of the motherland, and most important priority is, of course, the development of Russian military aviation, the 100th anniversary is celebrated this year.
Should seriously increase the intensity of combat training, to master modern technology, which will replenish stockpiles air units, including helicopters "Mi-28N" and "Ka-52", which has already come into service, including your base.
Our goal — to bring the armed forces, the Russian military aircraft to a new level, and this state, a national problem will be solved.
Dear comrades! You serve on one of the most challenging and important areas and I am sure, always with honor, do your duty, with a full understanding of what is in your hands the sovereignty and security of the citizens of Russia.
I once again congratulate the personnel of the air base on the high award. I wish you success in the service, health and well-being of you and your families.