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Collective Rapid Response Forces in Central Asia

Commander --- CHERNOMORDIN, Sergey, Major-General (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 28 May 01), (Krasnaya Zvezda, 19 Apr 03).

Chief-of-Staff --- ABDYBEKOV, Nasypbek Colonel (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 28 May 01).

        Chernomordin was born in the town of Skadovsk in Ukraine's Kherson region in 1953. He graduated from the Kharkov Higher Tank Command College in 1975, Ordnance Troops Academy in 1984 and General Staff Academy in 1996. Prior to his current post he was deputy chief-of-staff of Russia's Ural military district. He was appointed commander of the Collective Quick Response Forces at a Collective Security Council session in Yerevan last week (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 28 May 01).

Russian Air Force Grouping in Kyrgyzstan

  • Deployed at Kant Airbase in Kyrghizstan.  "The forces will include five SU-27 interceptors, five SU-25 attack planes, two AN-26 Curl and two IL- 76 military transports, five L-39 trainers, and two MI-8 Hip helicopters, . . . About 700 servicemen and civilian personnel will serve at the base" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 4 Dec 02).