North Korea’s Guard Command Punishes Military Unit Leaders Unprepared For Storm Damage
North Korea’s guard command recently fired and punished the commander and political commissar of a military unit that was unprepared to repair storm damage, Daily NK learned.
A North Korean military source told Daily NK on Wednesday that the Guards Command made the decision at a meeting of its central political bureau on June 26. The political bureau has found the brigade commander and the political commissar of the 115e Construction Brigade fully responsible for not keeping the unit ready to repair damage caused by floods and monsoon rains.
The 115e The construction brigade, which is part of the guard command, is responsible for repairing “No. 1 roads” – roads exclusively used by the North Korean leader – and nearby farms, factories and other buildings.
After a weather forecast that the monsoon would bring heavy rain across North Korea, the Guards Command ordered the 115e Brigade to carry out emergency repairs on the roads leading to headquarters and villas in each area as a precaution against storm damage.
But even after receiving this order, the 115th Brigade did not send enough workers to the sites, the source said.
“The brigade was ordered to send special detachments because damage prevention in special areas under the jurisdiction of the guard command is the purpose of its construction units. But the brigade was unable to send the special detachments immediately because many of its soldiers are malnourished or have tuberculosis or are at home recuperating. Guard Command learned of this just when work was urgently needed to minimize storm damage, so they have dealt with this issue with severity,” the source explained.
The Guards Command punished the 115th Brigade Commander for his responsibility for what he saw as the complete degradation of the Brigade’s combat capability, especially since he was unable to ‘send repairers even after roadside trees were felled and flooding occurred on roads leading to some villas. in North Pyongan province, the source said.
The source further reported that the central political office of the Guards Command strongly criticized the brigade commander and the political commissar. Brigade discipline must have been atrocious if soldiers were not prepared to be quickly deployed to the scene at any given time, the politburo said, adding that the report that half of the brigade’s personnel were crippled was a disgrace to the command of the guard.
What was worse, according to the Politburo, was that failure to quickly repair the roads leading to the villas made it impossible to escort the Supreme Leader at his request, which was ultimately a fatal flaw in the revolutionary mission of the guard command. to protect North Korean leaders. .
But some in North Korea blame the 115th Brigade’s depleted combat capability on the army’s inability to provide needed supplies.
“While the 115th Brigade is nominally part of the Guards Command, its members are little better than laborers doing the heavy labor in the field with rudimentary equipment. Despite this, they are more poorly supplied than ordinary military units. As a result, they are weak and malnourished, with emaciated limbs that look like the legs of flies or mosquitoes,” the source said.
“Statistics also show that 80% of all deaths in the Guards Command occurred in the 115th Brigade,” the source continued, adding, “But the Guards Command Central Political Office pointed out that it was appropriate that the brigade commander and political commissars be held accountable and punished and that such a conclusion was reasonable.
After knowing the conditions in the 115e Brigade, the guard command reportedly ordered that the brigade’s crippled soldiers be cared for and cared for in hospitals and nursing homes instead of being sent to repair storm damage. The Guards Command also ordered its headquarters to immediately address issues related to soldier health and logistics.
Thanks to these orders, which are part of the Guards Command’s attempt to repair its tarnished reputation, all soldiers of the 115e The brigade recuperating at home will receive care at Guard Command hospitals and nursing homes, the source added.
Translated by David Carruth. Edited by Robert Lauler.
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