Changes in organizational structure and integration of new aircraft: the “Desert Giants” Squadron recently held a strategic workshop, examined approaching changes and discussed the coming decade

Carmel Stern

The “Desert Giants” Squadron, which operates the “Re’em” (Boeing 707), is the IAF’s international squadron. It performs aerial refueling missions, transports forces and allows the IAF to operate at any distance, in the operational and humanitarian fields. In order for the squadron to continue performing its missions, its personnel held a strategic workshop in which they looked to the future and discussed central issues such as – where will the squadron be in a decade?

The “Desert Giants” Look to the Future

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The “Desert Giants” Squadron is currently undergoing a thorough renewal process. In the workshop, the squadron personnel participated in “round table” discussions regarding various subjects such as the squadron’s changing organizational structure, its missions and the future integration of new aircraft. “The squadron is at the starting point of an intensifying process of change that began about six months ago”, explained Maj. Roei, Deputy Commander of the Squadron. “The renewal is expected to change the structure of the crew, the number of people in the squadron, the positions it holds and the nature of its missions”.

The “Desert Giants” Look to the Future

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“We’re trying to understand what kind of strategic process the squadron needs to undergo in light of the fundamental changes it’s undergoing”, shared Maj. Roei. “There are aircrew members of all ages here, some of them extremely experienced and some with young and fresh minds. I like calling it the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ and I believe that a forum like this one can make a better change. In addition and maybe most importantly, a wide forum such as this one creates a connection and involves all of the squadron members in the process”.

The “Desert Giants” Look to the Future

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