Nay Pyi Taw September 10
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing honoured officers and other ranks who took part in the International Army Games-2018 held in the Russian Federation in August at the invitation of Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Army General Sergei Shoigu,at Bayintnaung Villa here this afternoon.
Also present on the occasion were Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Union ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Sein Win and Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air)General Mya Tun Oo, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief (Air)General Maung Maung Kyaw, senior military officers of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief, the commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, officers and other ranks of the tank team,medical team, marksman team,military band and cultural troupe of the Tatmadaw that took part in the International Army Games-2018.
In his address to honour the participating teams, the Senior General said the ceremony is to honour the teams of the Tatmadaw that took part in the International Army Games-2018. The International Army Games have been held in Russia annually since 2015. Although the minister of defence of the Russian Federation invited the Tatmadaw teams to take part in the games, the Tatmadaw could send its contingent only this year for various reasons.Servicemen are allowed to participate in international military sports competitions to enable them to get experiences. The Tatmadaw provided them with necessary assistance in order that they can compete in the competitions and urged them to do training in advance. Participation in the international military sports competitions can enable them to get qualification and promote their combat skills. This is the very first experience of Tatmadaw in the international army games. Despite difficulties, Myanmar servicemen could keep abreast with those from international armies in the competition.In addition, Myanmar servicemen got praises and recognition from them. Every military personnel must be proficient in using their arms.The Tatmadaw allowed tank team and sniper team to compete in it.Likewise, the military band could show its skills like other military bands. Since yore, the armies beat gong and drum while doing marching to invoke their combat spirits. Military marching songs and military songs can promote their combat spirits. Sending Myanmar Tatmadaw culture troupe to the competition aims to showcase the cultural standards of Myanmar Tatmadaw and the country. It is found that the troupe could participate in the contest. Therefore, he praises and honours officers and other ranks who participated in the International Army Game-2018.Those who participated in the contest are to make efforts to achieve more successes and promote their skills in the next contests after reviewing experiences and advantages and disadvantages.
Afterwards, Brig-Gen Zin Min Htet who led Myanmar military band which participated in the International Army Game-2018 explained the participation in the international music festival.Afterwards, Col Nyi Nyi Wint who led Myanmar Tatmadaw tank team and Lt-Col Khin Zaw Hein who led Myanmar Tatmadaw medical team, on behalf of the Myanmar Tatmadaw sniper shooting team,leader of the team Lt-Col Htay Lwin Oo and leader of Myanmar Tatmadaw traditional cultural troupe Lt Daw Shwe Mi Mi Aung, on behalf of her troupe, recounted experiences in the competitions.
Next, those present enjoyed the tea party. Meanwhile, the Myawady Band played the songs.
After the ceremony, the Senior General cordially greeted the officers and other ranks who participated in the International Army Games-2018.
The International Army Games are held as Army Games in the Russian Federation annually. Since 2015, the country has been inviting troops of armed forces from international community for participation. The Myanmar Tatmadaw started its participation in the games this year. The tank troop of Myanmar Tatmadaw stood the 16th position in the Tank Biathlon event among contending teams of 22 countries.The medical troop of Myanmar Tatmadaw took part in 22 events of the games from 17 July to 14 August. Myanmar team stood the second in the male military medical officer special skill contest,the fourth position in the female military medical officer special skill contest and the fifth position in the female nurse team-wise battlefield patient rescue contest. The contending teams from Myanmar and Russia only could show off their skills in the rescue and nursing contest without any mistake. The shooting team of Myanmar Tatmadaw secured the 11th position in the first phase of the International Army Games-2018 Sniper Frontier(Sniper Competition) among 18 countries held in Belarus. The military band of the Myanmar Tatmadaw participated in the International Military Tattoo-2018 held in Moscow of the Russian Federation from 24 August to 2 September. The military band of the Myanmar Tatmadaw won the second position on 27 August, the first position in 28 August and the third position in 29 August for the People Choice Award through voting system. Likewise, the cultural troupe of the Myanmar Tatmadaw bagged the best award in dual dance, the best award in playing music and the best award in traditional costume in the international contemporary art fair.