14.01.2016 12:38 Defence of the Motherland - a sacred duty
Reliable guarantee of peace and stability in our countryAn official meeting occasioned to the 24th anniversary of the establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the 14th January- the Day of Motherland Defenders took place at Tashkent’s Turkiston Palace on January 13.
The solemn ceremony was opened by the hokim of Tashkent city R.Usmanov.
Following the State Anthem of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Minister of Defense K.Berdiev read out the festive greeting address by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan – the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Islam Karimov for the defenders of the Motherland, occasioned to the 24th anniversary of the establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, extensive works are carried out consistently to build a modern, fully armed national army, able to effectively resolve the tactical and strategic goals to ensure a peaceful and stable life of our country, inviolability of its borders.
The Decree of the head of our state on establishing the Ministry of Defense affairs on 6 September 1991 has served as the basis of noble deeds in this area. Later, in line with the decree of the President, the Ministry of Defense affairs has been transformed into the Ministry of Defense.
The adoption of the Parliamentary resolution, on the initiative of President Islam Karimov, "On the military units and military educational institutions located on the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan" on January 14, 1992 is of historic significance. From this day all military units deployed on the territory of the country were taken under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In accordance the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan on 29 December, 1993, at the initiative of Islam Karimov, January 14 was declared the Day of Defenders of the Motherland. In accordance with this historical document, the Day of Defenders of the Motherland is widely celebrated as a national holiday in our country.
During the formation of the national Armed Forces, one of the urgent problems was the question of personnel. In 1990, the local officer cadres accounted for only 0.6 percent of the military personnel of the republic. The system of military education has been radically transformed to deal with this issue. A number of higher military educational institutions have been established, in which the training of military personnel with great potential, high patriotism, bravery and courage are conducted.
Currently, the Tashkent Higher Military Command, Chirchik Higher Tank Command Engineering, Samarkand Higher Military Automobile Command Engineering, Jizzakh Higher Military Aviation School, a special department of the Tashkent University of Information Technologies have been preparing highly qualified military personnel with advanced knowledge and specialties.
The Academy of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan has carried out extensive works on the training and retraining of officers and coordination of scientific and practical research in the military sphere, development of military education in our country.
Military Medical Department at the Tashkent Medical Academy, formed in 2012, trains officers of medical service and reserve staff . This department is one of the main educational institutions in the field of improving the military and professional training of health workers, their retraining, organization of relevant scientific studies.
Institutions of higher military education of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Uzbekistan train highly qualified officers of almost 30 specialties for the Armed Forces of our country. An effective system of training, retraining and advanced training of officers and sergeants staff, which includes sergeants training schools, higher military educational institutions, training departments, higher courses for retraining and further training of officers in the Academy of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan. These institutions are helping soldiers in improving their professional, theoretical and practical knowledge, experience and qualifications.
As a result of large-scale reforms in the Armed Forces, the organizational structure of our national army has been completely revised. A modern and effective system of operational and strategic command of the Armed Forces has been created. Interaction of different types of troops, equipping with modern weapons and technics have been radically improved, the content of combat training, social support for servicemen and their families have also been enhanced.
As noted by the head of state, military service for our younger generation has acquired a special meaning, becoming more and more prestigious. Its appeal lies not only in the provided benefits and a high level of social and material support of the military, but also, above all, that the army has indeed turned into a school of life for our young people, raising the courage, fortitude, a high sense of patriotism and selfless love for the motherland. We can proudly say that during the years of independence a whole generation of the youth, who have passed full trainings and are ready at any time to defend the homeland have grown and stand firmly on their feet.
Our country has consistently carried out the work on the social and material support for servicemen and their families, providing them with housing and better living conditions. In 2015, many soldiers have received new apartments.
The Day of Defenders of the Motherland is widely celebrated this year as well. State and public organizations, in particular, the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan, hold numerous meetings, educational activities in military units, in cities and districts, villages and mahallas. The fact that our people highly appreciate the peace and tranquility in the country, are aware of their role in the preservation of this precious good has found another confirmation during the course of the events.
In accordance with the Decree of President Islam Karimov on 12 January 2016 in connection with the Day of Defenders of the Motherland a group of employees of law enforcement bodies, ministries of Defense and Emergency situations have been awarded the honorary titles, orders and medals. At the official meeting in the Turkiston Palace, they were handed these high awards of the Motherland.
- I am proud to be rewarded the highest award of our motherland, said Commander of the “Mardlik” Order, platoon commander of the military unit of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Uzbekistan captain Ulugbek Abdullaev. - We, the military, always feel the care and attention of our head of state. This gives us more strength and energy.
The winners of the traditional contest "The best higher military educational institution", "The best sergeants school " and "The best department for defense affairs” have been awarded with diplomas and memorable gifts.
Speakers at the event- awardee of "Jasorat" medal major Islomiddin Norqobilov, Commander of the “Mardlik” Order sergeant Farhodjon Olimov, mother of a soldier Malika Bekenova, international FIFA referee, Commander of the "Buyuk Hizmatlari uchun" Order Ravshan Irmatov, a member of the Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, poetess Enahon Siddiqova and others congratulated congratulated the participants of the occasion on the Day of Motherland Defenders and expressed sincere gratitude to President of the Republic of Uzbekistan – Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Islam Karimov for the constant attention and care for the military servicemen and their families.
The festive event ended with a gala concert.
The ceremony was attended by Сhairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis N.Yuldoshev, Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis N.Ismoilov, Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Sh.Mirziyoyev.