Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, held a surprise inspection of the Givati Brigade to assess its level of readiness

Date: 04/11/2010, 10:59 AM    

In the series of ongoing inspections intended to improve alertness and readiness, Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, held a surprise inspection of the Givati Brigade, an IDF (Zahal) infantry unit currently in training, on Tuesday (Nov. 3).

In the early morning hours, the Chief of the General Staff, accompanied by four inspection teams among them tens of senior officers from the IDF (Zahal)’s Inspection Department lead by Head of the Inspection Department, Col. Shlomi Fayer, visited the Givati Brigade Headquarters, two of the brigade’s battalions currently operating on the IDF (Zahal)’s Central Command training grounds and an additional battalion operating on the IDF (Zahal)’s Southern Command training grounds.

This inspection was conducted without warning

At the end of the day, the Chief of the General Staff convened with Commander of the Givati Brigade, Col. Moni Katz, a number of battalion commanders and the heads of inspection teams to discuss the inspection’s findings. This inspection was conducted without warning, part of the IDF (Zahal)’s annual inspection program.

According to the Chief of the General Staff, such inspections are an important tool in improving IDF (Zahal) units’ abilities and alertness, conducting them in such a way reveals how they truly operate on a day-to-day basis. “I believe the commander’s position and his involvement in the education and development of those he commands is crucial. The commander’s job is to bridge gaps, to be able to command people both during the daily routine and under fire and make the critical decisions,” said Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi.

We must improve requirements and continue in this positive direction”

“The army is in the profession of war and the IDF (Zahal) is measured by its level of preparedness for war, hence the great importance of alertness and training. Lengthening training exercises in order to carry out complex missions and the various constraints the IDF (Zahal) faces such as the Reserve Duty Law are part of a necessary reality. We must continue training regularly while carrying out operations throughout the year and not only in training periods, and we must do everything to maintain a high level of readiness of all units,” said the Chief of the General Staff.

Initial results of the inspection indicate the Givati Brigade is highly prepared to face its missions. The inspection reveals the results of this year’s thorough test in which the Givati Brigade ranked first place. After the inspection the Chief of the General Staff stressed that “we must improve requirements and continue in this positive direction.”

The Chief of Staff thanked the inspection team, lead by Head of the Inspection Department Gen. Shlomi Fayer, and the tens of reserve officers involved for their professional and thorough work.