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  1. I'll be honest with you... I almost started crying when I saw this... I'm seriously considering going back to collecting beer labels!
  2. A preview of more to come, these are the new long service awards for 10, 15 and 20 years of service within the new Russian National Guard. A few more... Left - Medal "For Valour" 2nd class (the 1st class is gilt and with a single central red stripe in the blue half of the ribbon. Center - Medal "Veteran of Service" for 25 years of service. Right - Medal "For the Promotion of the National Guard"
  3. I just secured 6 of the new awards... They'll be in the mail tomorrow.
  4. It was just a matter of time. Following the dissolution of the Internal Troops (VV MVD) and establishment of the Russian National Guard on April 5, 2016 by decree of the President of the Russian Federation № 157, new departmental awards were created by Order of the National Guard of Russia № 50 of February 14, 2017. I'm presently translating the lenghty document and am already at work producing a new Wiki page. Here's a teaser below... Above - Honoured Fellow of the National Guard of Russia (highest departmental award). Left - Medal "For Distinction in Combat". Center - Decoration "For Distinction in Service". Right - Medal "For Service in Strengthening Law Enforcement".
  5. Ah! You haven't seen anything yet! Have a looksee at my latest update... And those are the ones I'm 100% sure of. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_emblems_of_the_Ministry_of_Defence_of_the_Russian_Federation#Decorations_.22For_Merit.22
  6. It seems every department of the Defence Ministry is now awarding decorations "For Merit" (to WOs and officers) and "For Distinction" (to Cpls, Sgts and M/Sgts). Here are my last 2 arrivals from the Armoured Automotive Management. Established in February 2014. They might look a bit plasticky, but are all metal and enamels.
  7. Well... Not only have I found the establishment order... I actually received some decorations... See photo below. The 2 lower ones (also in my previous post) are Decorations "For Merit in the Destruction of Chemical Weapons", bronze and silver grades. Established on 24 July 2004 by order 131 of the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation. I have still to find the integral order. The coloured beads seem weird for an official military award but heh... I wonder if the colours have any significance to chemical weapons' disposal? White-blue-red... Any ideas out there?
  8. They have very few Army Generals (4 star US equivalent)... Even defense minister Shoigu is only an Army General... The service commanders are only colonel-generals (Lt-Gen)... For a few years the commander of the air force was only a major-general.
  9. OMON to the National Guard? How incredibly odd! It's the equivalent to SWAT...
  10. I'd even go as far as to say it was a wartime confection. Post war, the commemorative medal(s) would've appeared in between these two.
  11. Wow! How on Earth did I miss that? No more VV MVD... Dang... Is OMON going into the Ministry of Justice or the FSB? OMG I hadn't thought of that... They'll produce new awards... Megan'll l-o-v-e that!
  12. Egorka (Igor) just sent me the research for my Order of the Red Banner. Excellent and incredibly fast work! I highly recommend the gentleman's services! I was half expecting an award for long service, imagine my surprise at reading this.... AWARD CITATION GUSCHA VASILY ANISIMOVICH, Guards rifleman, Machine gunner, 1st MG company, 151th Guards Rifle Regiment, 52nd Guards Rifle "Order of Lenin" and "Order of Suvorov" Rigskaya Division. Recommended for "HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION" Brief and specific description of the personal feat or merit "As a member of an assault team he exhibited bravery during the crossing of the Oder river on 26 March 1945. After reaching the dam, comrade GUSCHA, using his machine gun, took out the German machine gunner who was preventing our landing crafts from disembarking at the dam. The engagement turned into close combat and comrade GUSCHA exhibiting audacity and bravery annihilated eight enemy soldiers with grenades and machine gun fire. This bridgehead on the left bank of the river was held by a small assault group of 7-8 people until the arrival of reinforcements. The successful capture of the bridgehead ensured the achievement of all the unit's objectives. For his exemplary execution of orders of the command and for exhibiting heroism in a fight with a superior enemy comrade GUSCHA is worthy of the title "HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION". I. YDICH, Guards Colonel, Commander 151th Guards Rifle Regiment, 29 March 1945. Conclusion of the superiors Worthy of "HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION" KOZIN, Guards Major-General, Commander 52nd Guards Rifle "Order of Lenin" and "Order of Suvorov" Rigskaya Division, 29 March 1945. Worthy of "HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION" KAZANKIN, Guards Lieutenant-General, Commander 12th Guards Rifle Corps, 29 March 1945. Conclusion of the Army Council Worthy of "HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION" KUZNETSOV, Colonel-General, Commander 3rd Shock Army LITVINOV, Major-General, Member of 3rd Shock Army military council Awarded Order "RED BANNER" Decree of 3rd Shock Army # 051-H dated 11 April 1945 Other awards: Medal for Bravery 16.12.1944 Order of the Red Star 15.08.1944 Order of the Red Star 27.10.1944 Medal for the capture of Berlin Medal for Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War
  13. I don't see anything that might suggest this isn't authentic...
  14. No, we have quite restrictive regulations on the wear of foreign awards. If a Canadian award is given for the same reason, then any connected foreign one will NOT be allowed to be worn. You cannot wear 2 medals awarded for the same reason such as a tour of operations, or two decorations for bravery... Should one do an act of valour in a foreign country and be awarded a foreign decoration, the recipient would either receive the foreign decoration or the Canadian equivalent should that foreign country recommend it. For example, the 1990-91 Gulf War, Canada produced and awarded a campaign medal. All participants also received a Saudi and a Kuwaiti campaign medal but were NOT allowed to wear them contrary to EVERY OTHER allied nation there...
  15. And RCAF personnel will not get permission to wear them if issued the medal... *SIGH*
  16. Gents... A Russian collector has asked me to confirm if his recent purchases are indeed real. Personally, I've never seen these horrors before, they don't even conform to the description in the establishment decree. The reverse is all wrong, the face looks like a blow up doll, the wreath is completely wrong and at the wrong place, but still... So many different makers of French awards, and Belgian makers making the cheapest ugliest ones (out of spite?) . I asked Marc Champenois of France Phaléristique and he's never seen these before but still, I have to ask. Can anybody confirm horrible copies/unadopted prototypes/actually legal for wear.
  17. O-M-G... Each badge has a dozen variations in the shape of the central medallion! The establishment order is looooong... Still sorting it out.
  18. Not a new casting, the new medals are actually minted. This predates the "current administration"...
  19. I was half expecting at the very minimum a new clasp to the SSM besides the EXPEDITION one... Anybody who served in Germany before now going to Poland of the Baltic states gets nada... Notice the new SSM? Not the old rudely casted, barely filed down before triple plating like mine but new crisp, minted ones from the RCM.
  20. TacHel

    Generals etc

    Wow... And I can barely draw a realistic stick man...
  21. RECOGNITION FOR OPERATION REASSURANCE AND OPERATION UNIFIER REFS: A. CANFORGEN 073/16 CMP 076/16 251912Z APR 16 B. CANFORGEN 003/09 CMP 002/09 081950Z JAN 09 C. CANFORGEN 096/09 CMP 042/09 201315Z MAY 09 FURTHER TO REF A, AFC HAS DETERMINED THAT THE USE OF THE EXISTING NATO AND EXPEDTION BARS TO THE SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE AND TIMELY METHOD TO RECOGNIZE SERVICE WITH OPS REASSURANCE AND UNIFIER RESPECTIVELY. HOWEVER, THE CDS HAS DIRECTED THE CF HONOURS POLICY COMMITTEE TO CONDUCT A HOLISTIC REVIEW OF THE SERVICE RECOGNITION FRAMEWORK AND INTENDS TO RECOMMEND TO THE GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES THAT THE TIME CRITERIA FOR CERTAIN MEDALS BE AMENDED IN DUE COURSE CONSEQUENTLY, AFC HAS APPROVED THE ADDITION OF THE FOL SERVICE TO THE ELIGIBILITY LISTS FOR CERTAIN CAMPAIGN AND SERVICE MEDALS, AS FOLLOWS: SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL-NATO (SSM-NATO): (1) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO CAMPIA TURZII, ROMANIA, LITHUANIA AND SPANGDAHLEM AIRBASE IN GERMANY AS PART OF THE AIR TASK FORCE (ATF), INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE NATO BALTIC AIR PATROL (BAP), SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR (2) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE AS PART OF THE LAND TASK FORCE (LTF), SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR (3) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO SERVED ONBOARD HMC SHIPS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND BLACK SEAS UNDER NATO SNMG2, SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE), PROVIDED THE SERVICE IS NOT COUNTED TOWARDS A NATO MEDAL. NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR. ONLY TIME SPENT UNDER NATO COMMAND IS ELIGIBLE - TRANSIT TIME DOES NOT COUNT. SERVICE UNDER NATO OPS ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR AND SEA GUARDIAN COUNTS TOWARDS THE APPROPRIATE NATO MEDALS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED NUMERALS AND NOT FOR THE SSM-NATO (4) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS DEPLOYED TO FORWARD LOGISTICS SITES (FLS) IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF HMC SHIPS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND BLACK SEAS UNDER NATO SNMG2 (WHEN THE SHIPS ARE NOT UNDER OPS ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR OR SEA GUARDIAN), SINCE 29 APRIL 2014 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR (5) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS IN LATVIA AS PART OR IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF THE ENHANCED FORWARD PRESENCE (EFP) BATTLEGROUP LATVIA, SINCE 22 APR 2017 (OP REASSURANCE). NO MULTIPLYING FACTOR SPECIAL SERVICE MEDAL-EXPEDITION (SSM-EXP): (1) SERVICE OF CAF MEMBERS WHO DEPLOYED TO UKRAINE TO PROVIDE MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO THE UKRAINIAN ARMED FORCES, SINCE 13 JUNE 2015 (OP UNIFIER)
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