Brig. Gen. Yossi Bachar has assumed the position of Gaza Division commander. The Brig. Gen. formerly held the position of Chief of Infantry and Paratroopers

Date: 14/11/2010, 11:24 AM    

Brig. Gen. Yossi Bachar was appointed Commander of the Gaza Division on Thursday (Nov. 11). The ceremony took place in the Gaza Division Headquarters at Raim Army Base in the presence of former GOC Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant, and current GOC Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Tal Roso. Brig. Gen. Bachar will replace Brig. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg who held the position for two years.

Brig. Gen. Bachar was born in 1964 and was drafted in 1983 as a combat soldier in the Paratroopers Brigade. By 1989 he’d advanced in the chain of command to the role of Company Commander in Battalion 101 of the Paratroopers Brigade then was promoted to the role of platoon commander in Officer’s School. In 1990 he commanded the Paratroopers Brigade’s patrol battalion filling the role until 1992 when he began studies in Command and Staff Course as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Israel Studies at the University of Haifa.

In 1994, Brig. Gen. Bachar was appointed Commander of the Paratroopers Commando (special troops battalion) holding the role until 1996 when he was appointed Commander of the Battalion 101. Between the years 1998 and 1999, he was commanded the Paratroopers’ training base and later that of the special forces unit Maglan. In 2001, he was reserves brigade Chod Ha’Chanit’s commander.

In 2003, Brig. Gen. Bachar was promoted to Paratroopers commander until the year 2005 when he was appointed Chief of Infantry and Paratroopers. In 2006, he was appointed Commander of the 91st Division (in IDF (Zahal) Northern Command), and in 2007, returned to his former position as Chief of Infantry and Paratroopers.

Brig. Gen. Yossi Bachar is married and a father of six.