38th Guards Air Assault Brigade
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|38th Guards Air Assault Brigade|
(2 August 2016–present)
38th Guards Mobile Brigade
38th Guards Airborne Brigade
38th Guards Air Assault Brigade
(October 1979–1 June 1990)
|Country|| Soviet Union (1979–1992)|
|Branch||Soviet Ground Forces (1979–1990)|
Soviet airborne (1990–1992)
Belarusian Army Spetznatz (2003–present)
|Decorations||Order of the Red Banner|
|Colonel Dmitry Ptashnik|
The 38th Guards Air Assault Brigade is a Special forces brigade of the Armed Forces of Belarus. It is currently based in Brest. The brigade was originally formed from the elements of the disbanded 105th Guards Vienna Airborne Division in 1979 as the 38th Separate Guards Air Assault Brigade. In 1990, it was transferred to the Soviet airborne and renamed the 38th Separate Guards Airborne Brigade. In January 1992, it was taken over by Belarus and was later renamed the 38th Guards Mobile Brigade. The brigade was renamed the 38th Guards Air Assault Brigade in 2016.
The 38th Guards Air Assault Brigade was formed in October 1979 from the headquarters of the 105th Guards Airborne Division in Brest, part of the Belorussian Military District. The official day of formation is considered to be 10 November. The brigade was composed of three airborne battalions, an air assault battalion, an artillery battalion and an antiaircraft artillery battalion. From 4 to 12 September 1981, the brigade participated in the exercise "West-81". Between August 1987 and June 1989, the brigade was commanded by Vitaly Raevsky. Due to the First Nagorno-Karabakh War, the brigade was deployed to Baku in January 1990. On 1 June 1990, the brigade was transferred to the Soviet airborne and renamed the 38th Guards Airborne Brigade. Its air assault battalion was disbanded and the antiaircraft artillery battalion became a battery. After the Dissolution of the Soviet Union, the brigade was transferred to the Armed Forces of Belarus.
On 1 September 1995, the brigade transferred to the Mobile Forces of the Republic of Belarus and was renamed the 38th Guards Mobile Brigade. From 2002 to 31 January 2003, the brigade was part of the Ground Forces. On 1 February, it moved to the Belarusian Army Spetznatz.
On 3 June 2015, it was reported that the 38th had been brought to full combat readiness on the Ukrainian border. Between 15 and 27 June, it was announced by China and Belarus that the two countries would stage Exercise Dashing Eagle 2015 with PLA paratroopers and the 38th's 382nd Mobile Battalion participating. The brigade is currently commanded by Colonel Dmitry Ptashnik.
On 2 August 2016, the brigade was renamed the 38th Guards Air Assault Brigade, restoring its original name.
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