calendar>>April 25. 2010 Juch 99
Kim Jong Il Pays Congratulatory Visit to KPA
Pyongyang, April 25 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il visited the command of KPA Unit 586 and congratulated servicepersons there on the occasion of the 78th birthday of the KPA.

He warmly waved back to the enthusiastically cheering servicepersons and heartily congratulated them on the army day.

After receiving a salute, he saw records of victories showing a glorious course of the unit shining with exploits.

The unit has a long history as it has performed laudable feats in the defence of the country and socialist construction by displaying unrivaled patriotic devotion and popular heroism in the struggle for the party and the leader, the country and the people from the period of the hard-fought war up to this date, he noted, highly appreciating the exploits of the unit.

Learning about the feats of many heroes produced by the unit one by one, he said that these fighters were, indeed, staunch revolutionaries and true roots of the WPK as they unhesitatingly dedicated their youth and lives to the country and the people. He stressed the need for all the servicepersons to earnestly learn from the noble revolutionary spirit of the forerunners and become heroes of the new century to be remembered by the country and the people.

After looking round combat and technical equipment, he dropped in at the operation command room and military study rooms of the unit to learn about its training. He put forward important tasks which would serve as guidelines for increasing the combat capability of the unit in every way.

Then he made the rounds of the servicepersons' hall and other entertainment and educational facilities to acquaint himself in detail with the political work conducted among them.

He was pleased to learn that the unit has conducted the political work in a unique and profound manner after successfully building facilities for ideological and cultural education suited to the characteristic features of the servicepersons and all of them fully enjoy a cultural and emotional life. He called for always paying primary attention to the ideological work.

He had a photo session with the servicepersons of the unit.

He was accompanied by KPA Vice Marshal Kim Yong Chun, vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK and minister of the People's Armed Forces, KPA General Ri Yong Ho, chief of the General Staff of the KPA, KPA General Kim Jong Gak, member of the NDC of the DPRK and first vice director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, and other commanding officers of the army.

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