358 BAF peacekeepers get UN medals in Congo

DHAKA : Some 358 Bangladesh Air Force members deployed in UN Peacekeeping Mission in Congo have been awarded prestigious UN medals as recognition of their success and excellent service, reports UNB.
Ituri Brigade Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Siddiqul Alam Sikder officially handed over the medals as the chief guest through a parade on Saturday, said an ISPR release on Sunday.
In his speech, the chief guest highly appreciated the contribution of BAF continents and all members for their dedication and professional excellence.
He especially mentioned that BAF C-130 deployed under MONUSCO was the first military aircraft that landed at Juba in support of UNMISS during crisis at South Sudan in December 2013.
This was appreciated by international media for their quick response. He also mentioned that 03 BAF Mi-17 helicopters were deployed in South Sudan from MONUSCO to provide critical and emergency air transportation support to UNMISS.
Operating in remote areas with minimum men and material warrants high standard of professionalism, skill and dedication and deserve appreciation. High military and civil dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
Mentionable, presently six MI-17 helicopters and one C-130 Transport aircraft along with 358 personnel of BAF are serving for stabilisation of peace in DR Congo.