Nahal Brigade marks 30 years to its establishment in large-scale drill

Unique combat scenarios, live-fire nighttime exercises, tanks, artillery and IAF cooperation in a brigade-wide training exercise

Date: 08/06/2012, 10:31 AM     Author: Florit Shoihet

This week the Nahal Brigade completed a brigade-wide training exercise, marking 30 years since the brigade was first established. Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz participated in the drill, along with Nahal Brigade Commander, Col. Yehuda Fuchs.

The brigade training exercise included unique simulations of combat scenarios, live-fire nighttime exercises, tanks, artillery and cooperation with the Israeli Air Force. Col. Fuchs said, “It’s been a long time since we held a drill of this scale, in terms of length, intensity and mental challenges.”

Nahal Brigade marks 30 years to its establishment in large-scale drill

“The challenge I see as a Brigade Commander is to ensure the brigade will be operationally prepared and versatile – we cannot predict where, when and at what intensity we will be required to operate. Thus it is important to develop high-level operational capabilities and successfully respond to any scenario at hand, and not necessarily a specific scenario,” added Col. Fuchs. He explained, “Participating in a brigade-wide exercise after serving in this brigade for 20 years, and on the 30th anniversary of the brigade’s establishment is without a doubt coming full circle. The Nahal Brigade was established during the first Lebanon War, when another infantry brigade was required.”

Nahal Brigade marks 30 years to its establishment in large-scale drill

Col. Fuchs also said that “the Brigade recently completed operational activity at the Gaza Strip border, and has been highly praised for its work. The soldiers returned reinforced from the service in the south. The training exercises we hold in the Golan Heights and no less intense, after which we go on to the Judea and Samaria region.”