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80th Group Army

The 80th Army of the Chinese People's Liberation Army is affiliated to the Army in the Northern Theater and the military headquarters is located in Weifang City, Shandong Province.

The group army comprises various modern units such as infantry, artillery, armored signal, antichemical warfare, engineer, air defense, air, and electronic countermeasure units. Though Group Armies often are considered to be corps-sized units, in reality they control many fewer personnel and units than do corps in the US military. A group army with an all brigade maneuver force would be more comparable to a US division than a corps. After the reductions of the late 1990s, the variation in group army structure has increased considerably from previous years. In the 1990s, a Group Army could vary in size from 65,000 to 100,000+ personneL, but by 2020 the totals were about half these numbers.

In the 2017 reform, the original 116th mechanized infantry division split out the 203rd medium Combine-Arms brigade which was assigned to the group army. After its formation in 2017, the 80th Army of the Army had:

  • 69th Heavy Combined-Arms Brigade
  • 118th Medium Combined-Arms Brigade
  • 199th Medium Combined-Arms brigade
  • 138th Light Combined-Arms Brigade
  • 203rd Medium Combined-Arms Brigade
  • 47th Light Brigade
  • 80th Army Aviation Brigade
  • 80th Special Operations Brigade
  • 80th Artillery Brigade
  • 80th Brigade
  • 80th Air Defense Brigade
  • 80th Service Support Brigade

The official English version of the 2013 "China National Defense White Paper" does not use the term "group army", but refers to China's "combined corps". The State Council Information Office, April 2013 release "Diversified Employment at The Armed Forces of China" stated: "The PLAA mobile operational units include 18 combined corps , plus additional independent combined operational divisions (brigades), and have a total strength of 850,000. The combined corps , composed of divisions and brigades, are respectively under the seven military area commands (MACs)". By force of custom, these units are still called Group Armies.

The group armies are the main part of the PLA. In November 2015, the Central Military Commission held a three-day PLA reform meeting in Beijing, during which President Xi Jinping, also the chairman of the Central Military Commission, gave guidelines on reform. After the reshuffle, the People's Liberation Army was regrouped into five new theater commands to replace the former seven military area commands. China announced a military reshuffle with 84 newly adjusted or established corps-level units. The change in designation is significant. In the past, armies only included the PLA army, but in the future, the air force, navy and Rocket Forces will also be included in the group armies and given a new designation. The previous 18 group armies have been reorganized into 13 new ones. All major combat units of the PLA follow a group army-brigade-battalion system.

In 2017, based on the existing 18 Group Armies were adjusted, 13 Group Armies and formed. China's military established five Theater Commands for its operations on 01 February 2016, realigning forces previously distributed under 7 Military Regions. In this round of deepening national defense and military reforms, after the establishment of the army's leading institutions and theaters, in accordance with the principle of "the general management of the military commission, the theater's main battle, and the service's construction", the 18 group armies that previously belonged to the original seven military regions were reassigned to each theater. On 27 April 2017 the Central Military Commission decision adjust the formation of the original 18 Group Armies into 13 newly formed Group Armies. with each of the five Theater Commands. After adjustment, the army forces in each theater had jurisdiction over 2 to 3 Group Armies that are relatively balanced.

The new Group Armies are new units without prior history, rather than a simple renumbering of units that otherwise retained their unit history. The authors of wikipedia mistakenly report that the new Group Armies are redesignations of existing units. For instance, it is reported that "The 78th Group Army ... was established in 2017, by seemingly a redesignation of the former 16th Group Army." But the legacy Group Armies had survived a variety of reshuffles prior to 2017, and if the intent had simply been to tidy up the organzation charts the legacy unit designation could have been preserved, which it was not.

In combat, individual exploits and personal valor are important, but team effort wins the fight. The military pays close attention to team performance, to the organizations in which its soldiers serve and fight, and to the flags and colors that symbolize those organizations. In the same way that patriots fight for their country's flag, in many Armies of the world, soldiers fight for their unit colors. The older an organization, the more soldiers, both active and retired, had the opportunity of serving in and identifying with it and the more opportunities the organization had to win battle honors. In the US Army the term reflagging was coined in the 1980s to describe the phenomenon formerly called a "transfer less personnel and equipment." For those soldiers who have served in the "Big Red One," the "Wolfhounds," or "The Blackhorse Regiment," unit pride is very much a part of their lives. In the US Army, the adoption of the Combat Arms Regimental System (CARS) in 1957 to provide a flexible regimental structure that would permit perpetuation of unit history and tradition.

But this is precively contrary to the reforms of 2015-2017, the intent of which was to completely reboot the upper echelons of the Chinese military. The PLA did not have well established patterns of rotating officers among commands, unlike the US military which has long rotated officers every few years to avoid the emergence of local cliques. Instead, an officer might spend his entire career in series of vertial promotions within the same geographic unit. The 2015-2017 aimed to break up this pattern, which would help to defeat strutures of corruption and nepotism, as well as establish an officer corps and command struture that clearly owed its position [and loyalty] to Chairman Xi Jinping.

The newly formed 80th Army of the Northern War Zone Army brought together the elite strengths of multiple units and united them to inject vitality and vitality into the innovation and development of the Army. In mid-May 2017, at a certain airport in Luxi, helicopters lifted off one after another as the air radio station issued instructions. In just two weeks of adjustment and formation, an Army Aviation Brigade of the 80th Army Group achieved lift-off training, and more than 10 courses such as field take-off and landing, low-altitude navigation, and formation flying began in an orderly manner.

In this reform of the army’s scale structure and strength, the brigade has both structural adjustments and systematic reorganizations, such as the transfer of command relationships, the merger and diversion of personnel, the formation of new units, and the adjustment of positions and other tasks. Under such circumstances, the newly established Brigade Party Committee proposed that the more reforms should be carried out, the better the combat readiness training should be, and the standard of combat effectiveness should take root.

According to Ma Qingzeng, the brigade political commissar, this flight training is not only the first flight after its establishment, but also the first liftoff after the season change. They specially held a situation analysis meeting, and strictly controlled flight safety by finding technical weaknesses, laying a solid foundation for a smooth first flight.

On the day of the first flight, Han Kai, a "post-90s" pilot, volunteered to complete the training of multiple courses such as field takeoff and landing and low-altitude navigation. Young pilots like Han Kai are able to carry heavy burdens thanks to the brigade's "tailor-made" flight plan for pilots. Kong Zhen, the flight staff officer, told reporters that the brigade formulated flight plans for different people, scientifically matched the crew members, reasonably selected flight courses, so that each course could achieve the effect of training.

The first flight and the first training were confirmed as the "Flight Training Demonstration Day" by the Brigade Party Committee, setting a standard for future training. Brigadier Chen Wensheng commanded on the tower, and controlled the training dynamics of more than 20 participating helicopters throughout the whole process; the four battalion commander Zheng Yi led the transport aircraft formation to take off for the first time; the maintenance company commander Sheng Xianhua maintained the process of "clear mouth" and the inspection and troubleshooting "one touch" "The first day of support is to build a model unit for the company's officers and soldiers to learn from. During the training, they also strengthened the quality supervision of the flight site by means of interpretation of flight parameters and video playback, etc., and searched for deficiencies in the flight to achieve a further flight.

In the 2017 midsummer season, a combined combat exercise of a combined brigade organized by a group brigade of the army started at a training ground by the Bohai Bay. In recent years, with the upgrading of equipment and the expansion of the talent team, the informatization of this brigade has also been at the forefront of the army. Nowadays, from the mechanized infantry brigade to the synthetic brigade, they are focusing on key issues such as command and control to gather intelligence and work hard to achieve an organic combination of efficient command and information equipment.

Guided by the goal of strengthening the army, the 80th Army’s party committees at all levels work together at a high rate, up and down, insist on focusing on warfare, training and preparing for war, starting from the head office, starting from the basic courses, and combining the elements of the arms under the new system.

Honored Troops

The units that have been awarded the honorary title are:

  • Red Army Division , Founding Ceremony Red First Division : Former Army Twenty-sixth Army Corps Motorized Infantry No. IX Nine Brigade . In 2017, he was transferred to a combined brigade of the 80th Army.
  • Yimeng Brigade : The 77th Brigade of the Motorized Infantry of the 26th Army of the former Army
  • White Tiger Company : A company in the 8th Brigade of the former Army 26th Group Armor
  • Attacking the Tiger Company : Former Army Twenty-sixth Group Army Armored Eighth Brigade Company
  • Dengcheng Jiandao Company : A company of the 8th Brigade of the former 26th Army Group Armor
  • Iron Fist Regiment : Former Army Fortieth Army Infantry No. 18 Division No. 35 Division
  • Pioneer Battalion : The 1st Battalion of the 35th Regiment of the First Eighteenth Division of the 40th Army Infantry
  • Guardian Hero Company : Former Army Fortieth Army Infantry First Eighteenth Brigade One Battalion Second Company

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