IDF marks 35th anniversary of establishment of Shaldag unit

Shaldag unit has conducted hundreds of covert special operations in recent decades

Date: 31/08/2011, 9:57 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

On Tuesday (August 30), a festive ceremony was held to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Shaldag commando unit.

The event was attended by Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz as well as other senior IDF (Zahal) commanders.

Lt. Gen. Gantz, a former commander of the Shaldag unit, said: “When we look at the threat surrounding us, we need operational capabilities, courage and good people, and the Shaldag unit has been one of our very significant pillars over the years.”

Israel Air Force Commander, Major General Ido Nechushtan said: “Shaldag is a special unit that operates far from the spotlight and sunshine. [Shaldag] does things quietly and covertly for the security of Israel.”

The Shaldag unit, which is part of the Air Force, was established in the wake of the Yom Kippur War under the command of Muki Betser. The unit was created to conduct special operations and it participates in all dimensions of ground combat. The unit is flexible and ready to conduct missions both during war and peace.

Shaldag soldiers must complete a two-year training course. Each Shaldag soldier serves a total of four and a half years.

The Shaldag unit has a remarkable record of operational achievements. Over the past few decades, the Shaldag has conducted hundreds of special operations, the details of which are classified.