Chief of Ground Forces: IDF must increase intelligence gathering

Chief of the Ground Forces Command Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman

Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman at award ceremony: “We must strengthen and diversify our intelligence-gathering capabilities”

Date: 01/03/2013, 4:31 PM     Author: Yiftach Carmeli

Chief of the Ground Forces Command Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman awarded prizes to top ground units in a ceremony held yesterday (Wednesday, January 2). The ceremony was conducted at the Armored Corps Memorial Site at Latrun, as part of the 2013 Work Plan for the Ground Forces Command convention.

Maj. Gen. Turgeman addressed the ceremony, congratulating the prize recipients and discussing the challenges facing the Ground Forces in the coming year. “Today, it is clear to all of us that we are in the midst of a deep change, and instability is enveloping the area,” he said. “Given the changing situation in the Middle East, we must strengthen and diversify our intelligence-gathering capabilities and strengthen our lethality and resiliency.”

Prizes were granted in a number of categories: force building, instructional process, effectiveness in training performance, technological innovation, efficiency, safety and a prize for combat fitness.  The winning units were selected by a committee led by Head of the Ground Forces Brigade Brig. Gen. Oren Abman.

The units honored at the ceremony include the Paratroopers Brigade and the Armored Corps, the former winning the prize for preparing its forces and the latter for maintaining safety on its training bases.

Additionally, the 401st Brigade of the Armored Corps was awarded the prize for combat fitness. The Seventh Brigade of the Armored Corps won in the category of training performance for its brigade-wide training that was carried out in the Golan Heights. The Desert Reconnaissance Battalion, known informally as the “Bedouin Recon Battalion” won first place in the safety category, less than a month after receiving second place in the battalion category in the prizes awarded by the Chief of the General Staff.