Romanian Air Force servicemen are highly appreciated by NATO partners, said the Minister of National Defence Mircea Dusa, on Sunday, at a ceremony taking place at the monument of Air Heroes in Bucharest on the occasion of the Day of Romanian Aviation and Air Forces.
Defence Minister praises Air Force servicemen, says thet’re highly appreciated by NATO partners
“Romanian servicemen from the Air Force participate in missions in theaters of operation, they have participated this summer in very many training exercises together with our NATO partners and they are highly appreciated,” Mircea Dusa said.
He wished all servicemen of the Romanian Air Force and the civilian personnel with the national air transport company TAROM and other air companies “Many happy returns!” on the occasion of the Day of Romanian Aviation and reminded that September marks the 100th anniversary of the first Air Force army formation.
According to the Minister, military ceremonies dedicated to the Day of Aviation are organized on Sunday in all the air bases in Romania, namely Bacau, Kogalniceanu, Campia Turzii, Timisoara and Bucharest.
Minister Dusa also decorated the battle flag of the Romanian Air Force General Staff with the Order of Aviation Virtue, for servicemen, in the rank of Knight.
During the ceremony, the public had the occasion to assist to demonstration flights of helicopters and aircraft belonging to the Aviation General Inspectorate, the Civil Aviation Superior School, as well as from airbases. Furthermore, wreaths were placed on behalf of President Klaus Iohannis, the National Association of War Veterans and Minister Mircea Dusa.
On July 20, the feast day of Great Prophet Elijah of Tishbe in the Orthodox calendar, the Day of Romanian Aviation and Air Forces is celebrated, as in 1913 the aviation pioneers chose Saint Elijah as the patron saint of aviation. During the communist era, the day was marked on the date of the first flight made by Romanian air pioneer Aurel Vlaicu – June 17 (1910), Agerpres informs.
President Iohannis: Romanian aviation is prepared today to successfully face the challenges brought by our status as a NATO and EU member state
President Klaus Iohannis has sent, on Sunday, a message on the occasion of the Day of Romanian Aviation and Air Forces, in which he speaks of the activity of those who “devotedly and with dedication serve Romanian aviation” and emphasizes that honoring air heroes is our sign of respect for our forerunners.
“2015 has a double significance for Romanian aviation. On one hand, June 17 marked 105 years since the first flight with an airplane designed and built in Romania, at the Army’s Arsenal, done by Aurel Vlaicu. On the other hand, on September 15 we will mark 100 years since the establishment of the Romanian Aviation Corps, the moment in which the Air Forces became a service arm of the Romanian Army,” Iohannis states, according to a press release of the Presidential Administration remitted to Agerpres.
The head of state stated his belief that honoring air heroes that in the two world wars sacrificed their lives to defend Romania’s independence and sovereignty is “our sign of respect for our forerunners,” but also a “guarantee of our responsible commitment towards the future.”
“Romanian aviation is prepared today to successfully face the challenges brought by Romania’s status as a NATO and EU member state, and the results garnered are unanimously recognized and appreciated. At the base of the successes garnered are both your love and devotion to your chosen profession, as well as supported efforts to reform and modernize the Air Forces,” Iohannis showed.
In the end of his message, the President mentions that for the “high professionalism and remarkable results garnered in fulfilling specific missions, as a sign of appreciation,” he approved of the Minister of National Defence proposal to decorate the battle flag of the Romanian Air Force General Staff with the Order of Aviation Virtue, for servicemen, in the rank of Knight.
“I wish you all success in fulfilling the noble missions to defend the skies of our motherland and I wish you much health and happiness, and fulfillment of your aspirations! Many happy returns!” said Iohannis.