With a military celebration, the members of the Air Force WING, within the Operations Command (OC), marked 10 June – Day of the Unit in the military barracks “Strasho Pindzur” in Petrovec, in accordance with the army protocol and the measures and recommendations for prevention from spreading of the virus “Covid 19”.
The Commander of the Unit, Colonel Stojko Pejovski pointed out the importance of this unit for the defense system of our country since the day the unit was formed, as well as the future expectations for the development of the air force of the Army which is a full-fledged NATO member.
In her address, the Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, referred to the development of the unit and the achievements they reached during the last three years in the area of improving the working conditions, as well as to the NATO membership.
The ceremony was enriched with flights of aircrafts of the unit, as well as flights of two F-16 aircrafts of the Air Force of Greece that performed the regular NATO air patrolling which started when we became a full-fledged member.
Congratulation notes were read on the occasion of the Day of the Unit and incentives were given to the members of the unit who excelled in their work. The Air Surveillance and Reporting Battalion was chosen as the best unit within the AF WING for the previous year.
The event was held in special conditions and with lower number of members of the unit than usual, since the members of the Army are actively engaged in the prevention from the virus. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, the Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Vasko Gjurchinovski and the OC Commander and his Deputy, Generals Arsoski and Jordev.
As a sign of support for our NATO membership and support for this unit which is directly involved in the flight coordination through the integrated communication system with NATO for air patrolling, the ceremony was also attended by the Ambassador and the Military Attaché of the Republic of Greece and the Chief of NATO Liaison Office. During the previous days, the members of the AF WING organized blood donation and they collected 41 blood units.
This date, 10 June is chosen as the Day of the Air Force WING, as a remembrance of the day in 1992 of the first flight with a military aircraft that belonged to the unit. In the beginning, this unit included an aviation brigade with aviation, transport and combat helicopter squadron, and in 2005, it was transformed in a smaller, more compact unit called WING that functioned until 2012 when the Air Force Brigade was formed, which in accordance with the NATO standards is again established as Air Force WING.