Time to update the leadership lineup for Russia’s army-level ground formations.
Here’s the rundown of armies, headquarters, MD/OSK, and commanders:
29th CAA…Chita…Eastern…General-Major Aleksey Avdeyev.
35th CAA…Belogorsk…Eastern…General-Lieutenant Sergey Solomatin.
5th CAA…Ussuriysk…Eastern…General-Lieutenant Aleksey Salmin.
The newly organized 1st TA has General-Major Chayko in command. He previously commanded the 20th CAA.
Four commanders turned over since last check. General-Major Kuzmenko is new to the 6th CAA. General-Major Kuzovlev, who reportedly commanded Russian fighters in Lugansk, is reorganizing the 20th CAA on the Ukrainian border. General-Major Kovalenko now commands the 36th CAA and General-Major Avdeyev the 29th CAA.
Where have former commanders gone?
General-Lieutenant Sergey Kuralenko, late of the 6th CAA, served in Moscow’s Baghdad anti-IS “information center,” and became a deputy commander of the Western MD in December. He had already commanded the 49th CAA. He seems destined to rise higher.
General-Lieutenant Aleksandr Lapin is now chief of staff, first deputy commander in the Eastern MD.
General-Lieutenant Mikhail Teplinskiy departed the 36th CAA for an unspecified post in the Southern MD.
General-Lieutenant Aleksandr Romanchuk is the Russia’s representative to the Joint Control and Coordination Center in eastern Ukraine.
General-Lieutenant Yevgeniy Ustinov and General-Lieutenant Aleksandr Zhuravlev were both, at last word, deputy commanders of the Central MD.
General-Colonel Vasiliy Tonkoshkurov is now GOMU Chief.
General-Lieutenant Vladimir Tsilko is a deputy commander of the Eastern MD.
General-Colonel Andrey Serdyukov is chief of staff, first deputy commander of the Southern MD.
General-Lieutenant Igor Turchenyuk is a deputy commander in the Southern MD. He commanded the invasion of Crimea, and is on the U.S. list of sanctioned Russian individuals.