The Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakh: Қазақстанның Қарулы күштері Qazaqstannyñ Qarūly küshteri) are derived from remnant forces of the former Soviet Union.
On May 7, 1992, the President of Kazakhstan took a number of actions regarding defence. He signed a decree on the 'establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan', the transformation of the State Committee of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan into the Ministry of Defence, on the attribution of Sagadat Nurmagambetov the military rank of Colonel General, and the appointment of General-Colonel Sagadat Nurmagambetov as Defence Minister of Kazakhstan. Mukhtar Altynbayev served as the Minister of Defence twice, most recently from December 2001 to 10 January 2007.
On June 30, 1992, the Soviet Armed Forces' Turkestan Military District disbanded, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The most powerful grouping of forces from the Turkestan Military District then became the core of Kazakhstan's new military. Kazakhstan acquired all the units of the 40th Army (the former 32nd Army) and part of the 17th Army Corps, including 6 land force divisions, storage bases, the 14th and 35th air-landing brigades, 2 rocket brigades, 2 artillery regiments and a large amount of equipment which had been withdrawn from over the Urals after the signing of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
On July 6, 2000, a Presidential Decree "On the structure of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan" changed the structure of the Kazakh Army - VS RC returned to dual structure (general-purpose forces and air defense forces). The Mobile Forces were created, the transition to the new military-territorial structure, established military districts, harmonized structure and deployment of troops. On August 7 - General-Lieutenant A. B. Dzharbulov was appointed commander of the Southern Military District. Eastern Military District - Lieutenant-General B. Е. Ертаев . E. Ertaev .
In February 2001 a Presidential Decree divided the functions of the Ministry of Defence and General Staff. According to the decree, the head of the General Staff subordinate all kinds of aircraft and type of troops and military districts, while the Minister of Defence has a mostly administrative and political functions. On March 30 - Major General MK Sihimov appointed commander of the Western Military Region. On October 12 - appointed: Chief of General Staff VSRK - First Deputy Defence Minister - M. М. Сапаров , У. M. Saparov , commander of the mobile force - W. Б. Еламанов . B. Elamanov . On December 8 - has appointed a new Defense Minister Gen. M. К. Алтынбаев . K. Altynbayev . On December 27 - Air Force Major General K. К. Ахмадиев назначен командующим Силами воздушной обороны. K. Akhmadiev appointed commander of the Air Defense Forces.
On 29 January 2002 - appointed: Major-General A. Б. Тасбулатов — заместителем министра обороны, генерал-майор У. B. Tasbulatov - Deputy Defense Minister, Maj. Gen. William Б. Еламанов — командующим войсками Южного военного округа, генерал-майор Н. B. Elamanov - Commander of the Southern Military District, Maj. Gen. N. А. Джуламанов — командующим войсками Восточного военного округа, генерал-майор С. A. Dzhulamanov - Commander of the Eastern Military District, Major-General C. А. Жасузаков — командующим Мобильными силами ВС РК. A. Zhasuzakov - commander of the mobile force Sun RK. On February 21, 2002 Major-General A. Shatskov was appointed commander of the Central Military District. On 7 May 2002 K. Altynbayev .was given the title of Army General. Today there are four regional commands: Regional Command Astana, Regional Command South at Taraz, Regional Command East at Semipalatinsk, Regional Command West at Aktobe, as well as the Air Defence Forces, the Air Mobile Forces of three brigades, and the Artillery and Missile Forces (formed as a separate branch on 7 May 2003).
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