Exemplary Soldiers and Officers of the IDF

At a ceremony held on Wednesday (April 29), at the President’s Residence, 120 soldiers and officers received Certificates of Excellence from the President. In celebration of these achievements, the IAF performed an aerial demonstration.

Date: 30/04/2009, 11:55 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

On Wednesday (April 29), a formal ceremony for outstanding soldiers was held at the President’s Residence. At the ceremony, the President, Mr. Shimon Peres, awarded Certificates of Excellence to120 soldiers and officers. Among the attendees were Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister, Mr. Ehud Barak, Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and members of the General Staff forum.

After a toast in celebration of 61 years of Independence for the State of Israel, the event began with an aerial demonstration, which featured three helicopters over the President’s Residence. The 120 soldiers and officers that were honored went through an extensive process to be chosen, including interviews with different committees. Ultimately, they received the Presidential Excellence Award, which is in honor of their outstanding performance, dedication, and ability to set a good example in the IDF (Zahal). In addition to receiving these certificates, they were awarded scholarships sponsored by the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers.

“They stand here today- volunteers, lone soldiers, immigrants, soldiers of different religions and ethnic groups, soldiers from all across the country,” said the Chief of the General Staff during his speech. “We look at them and see the face of the nation as it should be, the way that it was envisioned by those who built the state; a society that gives opportunities to the younger generation so that they can succeed. Thanks to the 120 excellent soldiers here today and all IDF (Zahal) soldiers and officers, both in mandatory service and in reserve duty, we are secure and deal successfully with every operation, while protecting the land. We stay true to our vision, filled with strength and faith, certain that we will stand here for another 61 years.”

Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi welcomed the attendees with an Independence Day greeting and turned to the outstanding soldiers and said: “Tomorrow you will return to your units and to your important work. You must know that your achievement of excellence brings greater expectations of you from your commanders and subordinates. Stay humble, and rise to success.”