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Just life is just a feat

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Just life is just a feat

Have you ever thought about the anatomy of a feat? About how a feat is born and what is a feat in general? We, especially in connection with some solemn dates, talk a lot about the exploits of the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War, about the exploits of the Heroes in Chechnya, Syria and other hot spots. The surge of interest in the feat as such these days is understandable.


And what is a feat? How to evaluate a person's action?

Since childhood, we have become accustomed to the fact that the Hero must do something super-heroic. Come out with a grenade against a dozen tanks, to cover the retreat of comrades, to rush to the bunker with your chest, to blow up a bunch of enemies with you ... That's it. There lived a simple, inconspicuous person, doing his usual business, which he chose in his youth, and suddenly, getting into an extreme situation, he accomplishes a feat.

Is this always the case?

I am sure that any person who has ever been in a real battle can tell a dozen cases from personal experience when someone performed heroic deeds simply because the situation required it. And it was just this serviceman's business. In the same way, employees of law enforcement agencies and the Ministry of Emergency Situations can share memories of their exploits.

Today I decided to tell you about a general who never wore a Hero's Star. Simply because he became a Hero posthumously. At the same time, he is deservedly the pride of the Russian Airborne Forces, the pride of the Donetsk People's Republic, the pride of the Russian Ground Forces!

On January 1, 2021, he should have celebrated his 55th birthday, but alas, he died in Dair ez-Zaur (Syria) in September 2017.

An ordinary person of extraordinary courage and heroic destiny


Much has been written about Lieutenant General Valery Grigorievich Asapov.

No, it will be more accurate: you can read, most often, the mean lines of his autobiography and characteristics of his commanders and superiors. This is understandable, the general is not an artist or a politician. He doesn't need any extra noise and PR. And the work often takes place under the appropriate stamp. If we describe the activities of such people in two words, then it will sound quite simple, non-pathetic:

"Serves the Motherland".

I will not be original and at the beginning of the story I will simply give an incomplete track record of Lieutenant General Asapov:

Commander:
10th Parachute Regiment (2001-2003),
18th machine gun and artillery division (2007-2009),
37th separate guards motorized rifle brigade (2011–2013).

Commanding:
1st Army Corps (call sign-General Primakov) of the Center of Territorial Troops, Donetsk (2015),
68th Army Corps (2014-2016),
5th Combined Arms Army (2016–2017).

Officer, what a thousand


Those who are waiting for a detailed description of the life of the Hero of Russia Asapov will be disappointed. I don't want to write this. A few strokes, a few episodes are enough to characterize a person better than a thousand articles of praise.

Episode one.
Since childhood, the village boy Valera Asapov dreamed of becoming an officer. He graduated with honors from a village school in the Kirov region. He played the accordion and even studied at a music school. He commanded detachments in the games "Zarnitsa" and "Eaglet". For his academic success he was even sent to the pioneer camp "Artek", which was an event for the northern hinterland.

It is clear that after graduating from school in 1983, the applicant Asapov was already in Ryazan, in the RVVDKU. Certificate with honors, several sports categories, excellent performance. But after passing the exams, he does not pass the competition.

It would seem that everything, the dream is not destined to come true. But not for Asapov. He takes part in a special survival course.

To quote the article "Kuril Icebreaker" from "Krasnaya Zvezda" dated July 30, 2008:

“However, Valery dismissed the thought of returning immediately and moved for a month, as they jokingly put it, to the Ryazan forests, to the“ partisans ”. This is a long-term tradition that gives the last chance to the most persistent guys who cannot imagine themselves without the Airborne Forces.

"Partisanship" is a real school of survival. For the night, warmth, food and water, the ex-applicants fought with the wild nature.

As a result, several people were nevertheless enrolled in the school by an additional order.

Four years after this test, in 1987, Valery was already trying on lieutenant shoulder straps. "

Episode two.
1995 year. Chechnya. Grozny. Fierce battles for the city. The battalion chief of staff, Major Asapov, is at the front line. Fights, fights, fights ...

And a severe wound in the left leg. The tibia is broken, and the Airborne Forces, and the army, in general, must be forgotten. The soldiers brought the commander to the medical company. Local doctors saw a mess of meat and bones. It was decided to “collect” the leg right on the spot, in the auto dressing room.

And then there was a year of hospitals. Rostov-on-Don, Pskov, St. Petersburg. There were four operations. The left leg has become shorter than the right one by 3 centimeters. There was a long recovery period. Valery Grigorievich decided to definitely stay in the army. As a result, the lame officer fulfilled all the standards for physical training required for officers.

Moreover, Asapov entered the Frunze Academy. And after its end the Caucasus again. Deputy commander of the 345th separate RAP in Abkhazia. Commander 10 RAP.

Episode three.
2007 year. Colonel Asapov was transferred from the Airborne Forces to the Ground Forces and appointed commander of the 18th machine-gun and artillery division of the Far Eastern Military District.

Kurile Islands. Remember the Soviet joke that the army is KVN? All the merry ones serve in the east of the country, and the resourceful ones in the west? The 18th PAD at that time corresponded to this division.

Again, I will quote the same article in Krasnaya Zvezda:

“In general, in the Kuriles one involuntarily recalls the famous saying of the orientalist Tsvetov:“ Whoever lived here for five years, he recognized the islands; who lived ten, he began to really understand them; those who have lived for 15 years know nothing about them ... ”- and you approach people with this yardstick.

The past year has been challenging for this unique compound. The reason for this is the presence of a large number of problems to which timely and competent approaches have not been found for many years. As a result - the unsatisfactory state of technology, a decrease in the level of military discipline, serious omissions in combat training.

To radically change the situation - to solve the urgent problems of the island division - new people from the mainland were to be. By decision of the command of the Far East Military District, dozens of officers with families from various units and formations not only of the Far East, but also from other military districts of the country were sent to the south of the Kuril ridge.

It is clear that the command knew about what was happening in the Kuril Islands. It's a paradox, but a competent and tough commander was needed to solve it.

“Colonel Valery Asapov was the first among them, already in May 2007, to settle in the islands. The style of his leadership, energy and tough disposition in the implementation of the decisions made in the units are compared with the power of an icebreaker.

Having enlisted the full support of the leadership of the Far Eastern Military District, the new divisional commander, due to the importance and scale of the tasks assigned to him, immediately plunged into work. "

As a result, the divisional commander, Colonel Asapov, in a short time solved the problems with discipline, combat training, recruiting of officers and personnel, repair and restoration of military equipment. They began to strive for Kamchatka. It became prestigious to serve there.

Episode four.
23 June 2011 of the year.

In the 37th separate guards motorized rifle Budapest Red Banner, the Order of the Red Star, the Don Cossack brigade named after E.A. Shchadenko, a new commander arrived, a graduate of the General Staff Academy, Colonel Asapov. The brigade is located in the city of Kyakhta, Republic of Buryatia. The task was set extremely shortly - to raise discipline, eliminate the beginnings of nationalism, and raise the level of combat training.

How these tasks were solved by Asapov can be judged by some facts. Under his command, the brigade took part in three international exercises: two Russian-Mongolian "Selenga-2011" and "Selenga-2012" and in the Russian-Indian "Indra-2012". Today (more than once) the success of the "fighting Buryats" is reported by the central media, including us.

For three years, Colonel Asapov made one of the best formations of the Eastern Military District from a supernumerary brigade. The result of this work was the transfer to the post of deputy commander of the 5th Army in Ussuriisk. And then another translation. And again to Kamchatka. Now the commander of the 68th Army Corps.

Episode five.
Syria, September 2017.

The senior group of Russian advisers, Lieutenant General Asapov, personally leads the operation to liberate Dair ez-Zaur. A combat general (and for a long time his subordinates called him "lame general", by the way, just like Suvorov once did) could calmly perform his duties at the headquarters of the 5th Volunteer Assault Corps.

However, the level of training of the Syrian commanders did not allow to be limited only by advice. Therefore, the general was in the thick of things. In simple Syrian form, no insignia. In particular, General Asapov personally supervised the construction of pontoon bridges across the Euphrates.

According to the version officially announced by the MORF, Lieutenant-General Asapov died from an enemy mine hitting the command post.

The soldier died as a soldier. On the front line ...

Must remember


Yes, they remember the dead general.

There is a school named after Asapov in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. And a school in Ussuriisk. Another school in the village of Kalinino. There is Asapov Street in Kyakhta. General Asapov is enlisted forever in the lists of the 8th company of the RGVVDKU named after General of the Army Margelov. The school also has a bust of the general on the Walk of Fame.

There is a memorial plaque on the wall of the soldier's hostel 104 DShP in Pskov. And a monument at the Federal Memorial Cemetery in Mytishchi. Another monument near the headquarters of the 68th corps in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. And also a monument on the Walk of Fame at the headquarters of the 5th Army in Ussuriysk ... (I apologize if I missed something).

I specifically spoke not about the epic hero, but about a simple Russian officer, general, of whom there are still many in our army. About a man who has always done his job with high quality. He did what the country, the army needed. Moderately tough. Moderately fair and kind ... Probably, each person has his own attitude to the commander, colleague, comrade.

The only thing I cannot answer unambiguously is the question:

"When was the feat accomplished?"

When did the boy achieve admission to the school, having passed the rather serious tests of the survival course? Maybe the feat was then, in 1995? When did even the wounded continue to fight? Or maybe in Kamchatka or in Buryatia, where the officer raised the "dead units"? Syria?

The answer is probably much simpler than the question.

Feat is the very life of this Hero.

He just lived the way he could. He simply lived and served conscientiously.

But it turned out that this is heroism ...
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  1. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 20 January 2021 15: 17
    +8
    Thank you for the article. Valery Asapov is a worthy dignity of Russia, an excellent officer. May it remain in the memory of ours and our descendants.
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 20 January 2021 15: 40
      +3
      Quote: tihonmarine
      Thank you for the article. Valery Asapov is a worthy son of Russia, an excellent officer.

      I completely agree, I join
  2. Crowe
    Crowe 20 January 2021 15: 19
    +11
    Eternal memory to you, warrior ..

    Valery Grigorievich Asapov was born on January 1, 1966 in the city of Malmyzh (Kirov region) in a working class family.
    In 1987 he graduated with honors from the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command twice from the Red Banner School. Lenin Komsomol (now - Ryazan Higher Airborne Command of the Order of Suvorov twice Red Banner School named after General of the Army V.F. Margelov). He also graduated from the Military Orders of Lenin and the October Revolution of the Red Banner Order of Suvorov Academy. MV Frunze (2000) and the Military Academy of the General Staff of the RF Armed Forces (2011).
    In 1995, as chief of staff of a battalion, he was sent to the Chechen Republic. During the fighting in Grozny, Major Asapov was seriously wounded in the legs and underwent four operations.
    In the winter of 2003-2004, he headed the Airborne Forces group in Chechnya, and in 2017 - the senior group of Russian military advisers in Syria.
    The title "Hero of the Russian Federation" with the awarding of the Gold Star medal (December 20, 2017)
    Awarded on March 6, 2018 to Asapov's widow at a closed ceremony at the House of Officers of the Russian Army in Ussuriysk
    Order of Merit for the Fatherland, IV degree - for a worthy contribution to international military cooperation
    Order of Zhukov (2017)
    Order of Courage (1996)
    Order of Military Merit (2001)
    Medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree with swords (2004)
    Medal "For Military Merit"
    Medal "For Distinction in Military Service" I degree
    Order "Hero of the Republic" (Syria, 2017) The highest state award, awarded, among other things, to "soldiers of fraternal and friendly armies participating along with the Syrian Arab Army in the fight against terrorist gangs and hostile elements"
  3. credo
    credo 20 January 2021 15: 23
    +7
    A good example for the younger generation.
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 20 January 2021 15: 41
      +3
      Quote: credo
      A good example for the younger generation.

      Better yet, to learn
    2. Pete mitchell
      Pete mitchell 21 January 2021 10: 15
      +4
      Quote: credo
      A good example for the younger generation.

      It is about such people that you need to make films and programs.
  4. zenion
    zenion 20 January 2021 15: 35
    +3
    There was such Berkovich, who during the war ditched five German embrasures and saved almost the entire battalion. Of course he was awarded, but when he left for Israel and left his three stars, they struck out from the inhabitants of the planet. But even in the magazine "Sergeant, Sergeant Major" for reading in the spring of 1965, he was on the list of heroes who received three stars of the Hero of the Soviet Union. Then all the magazines were removed, and after leaving ...
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 20 January 2021 16: 23
      +1
      Quote: zenion
      There was such Berkovich, who during the war ditched five German embrasures and saved almost the entire battalion.
      Is it by chance Leonid Iosifovich Berkovich who was born in the Mogilev region?
      1. zenion
        zenion 20 January 2021 16: 26
        +1
        Not in the know, but after the war he lived in Riga. He served in the same unit with his son. The regimental commander and the others treated him with great respect. I remember about the awards, but I don't remember his whole biography, a lot of time has passed.
    2. Boris ⁣ Shaver
      Boris ⁣ Shaver 23 January 2021 01: 06
      +1
      Quote: zenion
      he was on the list of heroes who received three stars of the Hero of the Soviet Union

      I'll list these "lists" for you from memory. Three Hero stars received:
      - Pokryshkin A.I.
      - Kozhedub I.N.
      - Budenny S.M.

      And yet!
      It turns out that among these personalities there was also a certain Jew Berkovich, who later threw out his stars and drove off to Israel, about whom even today (after the 90s, when our oliberalized press would never have passed by SUCH history) in the afternoon with fire of information you will not find? ))))

      You wouldn't be leaning on mushrooms.

      Quote: zenion
      saved almost the entire battalion

      ...
      And in the Civil War
      He saved division one
      ...

      From a song about grandfather Maxim.
  5. Lipchanin
    Lipchanin 20 January 2021 15: 39
    +3
    Feat is the very life of this Hero.

    That says it all good
    1. zenion
      zenion 20 January 2021 16: 08
      0
      Is it true that you have to be born to play the piano? True, the pianist said, the unborn cannot play.
      1. Lipchanin
        Lipchanin 20 January 2021 16: 12
        0
        I didn't understand what you mean by that
  6. nikvic46
    nikvic46 20 January 2021 18: 50
    +3
    There were, are and will be heroes in the war. I sometimes think about how the Soviet people in the most difficult conditions withstood the war for a period of four years, day after day, month after month. It is difficult for us warmed up and well fed to understand, and this is the real feat of the Soviet people. This is not a glimpse of thought, but everyday work.