Northern Command’s medical forces mark 64 years of service

Northern Command’s Chief Medical Officer: “We are ready for any operation in the north”

Date: 02/09/2012, 5:49 PM     Author: Technology and Logistics Branch

The Medical Corps of the Northern Command recently marked 64 years of operations and 30 years since the start of the First Lebanon War. Over the course of the day, past medical officers shared their experiences from the various wars and conflicts, including the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, and the First Lebanon War. They discussed difficulties they faced during these conflicts, addressing challenges the Medical Corps faces on today’s increasingly complex battlefield.

The Chief Medical Officer of the Northern Command, Col. Tarif Bader, addressed several of the challenges facing the IDF (Zahal) today. “We are ready for any operation in the north,” said Col. Bader, who also described the significant changes the unit has undergone since its inception in 1948, and the evolving mission of medical units deployed on the battlefield during wartime. “We’ve changed the concept of entire units to allow for improved medical care and the swift evacuation of wounded soldiers,” he said.

The main objective of the Medical Corps, as emphasized at the conference, is a “zero percent mortality rate of wounded on the battlefield.” Chief Medical Officer Brig. Gen. Itzik Kreiss also spoke at the conference, noting that “one of our goals for the coming years is to be able to stabilize all wounded in order to transfer them to a hospital on the home front and guarantee their survival.  We will do our best to ensure this happens.”
GOC Northern Command Maj. Gen. Yair Golan said, “In my eyes, medical treatment is a fundamental component of the fighting spirit. I’m a big believer that ultimately what creates commitment, courage, and trust is the training and camaraderie of the soldiers.”