Michael the Brave 30th Guards Brigade
|Michael the Brave 30th Guards Brigade|
|Brigada 30 Gardă „Mihai Viteazul”|
Honor guards during a National Day parade in 2008.
|Active||1 July 1860 - present|
|Branch||Romanian Armed Forces|
|Part of||Romanian Land Forces|
|Headquarters||Vasile Milea Boulevard, Bucharest, Romania|
|Nickname(s)||30th Guards Regiment|
|Decorations||National Order of Faithful Service|
|Colonel Marian Tudor|
|Lieutenant Colonel Dorel Bejan|
The unit was established on 1 July 1860 through a decree issued by Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza as the 1st Honor Guard battalion of Tiraliori, which ensured the security of Royal palaces. It was renamed 10 years later to the Battalion of Hunters and was reassigned to the War Ministry It was abolished by the communist government in 1948. From then on until 1990, ceremonial duties were served by the Honor Guard Unit of the Romanian People's Army (Garda de Onoare a Armatei Populare Române). The general staff of the armed forces revived the unit as a battalion on 23 February 1990 following the Romanian Revolution. On 25 July 2001 the battalion was upgraded to the level of a brigade, and has been named after Mihai Viteazul (Michael the Brave) since 2006. The unit was awarded with the National Order of Faithful Service in 2015 on the occasion of the brigade's 155th anniversary.
Honor Guard CompanyEdit
The primary mission of the brigade is to perform the required military honours for the President of Romania, Minister of Defence and foreign leaders. It also takes part in events such as the inauguration of a president, military parades, state funerals and military tattoos. It also takes part in the Guard Mounting ceremony at the Mormântul Soldatului Necunoscut in Bucharest. Ceremonies for state visits usually involve more than 100 soldiers of the brigade and the regimental band.
The regimental band (Muzica Regimentului) provides musical support to the ceremonial activities of the honor guard. The band, which is currently made up of 60 musicians, is led by Lieutenant Colonel Marian Constantin.
Special Purpose UnitEdit
The brigade maintains a special purpose unit that engages targeting threats to the Bucharest Garrison as well as acts as security and military police in the city. During the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, 15 soldiers from the brigade's special purpose unit were killed while in duty.
- Romanian Armed Forces
- Romanian Land Forces
- Guard of honour
- Honor Guard Company (Moldova)
- Great Union Day
- Structure of the Romanian Land Forces
- 6th Special Operations Brigade "Mihai Viteazul" (Romania)
- "Regimentul 30 Gardă "Mihai Viteazul" sau despre cum e să fii militar. Cum să stai ore întregi în picioare fără să clipeşti". Retrieved 2017-06-30.
- "It was abolished after the abdication of King Michael I (December 30, 1947) in 1948".
- "Honor guard soldiers perform a changing of the guard by the coffin of late Romanian King Michael, at the former royal palace,". Retrieved 2018-03-24.
- "For the first time, at the invitation of the Minister of Defense, among the participants to this year parade were contingents from the 30th Guard Brigade "Mihai Viteazul"".