25 Years in the Air: Medal of Honor for Veterans of the IAF 25 Years in the Air: Medal of Honor for Veterans of the IAF 25 Years in the Air: Medal of Honor for Veterans of the IAF 25 Years in the Air: Medal of Honor for Veterans of the IAF 25 Years in the Air: Medal of Honor for Veterans of the IAF Yesterday, an IAF medal of honor was presented to four veteran aerial team members. After accumulating more than 25 years of flight experience, serving in different capacities in various units and bases, they received official recognition of their work. “Though this chapter has ended, each one of you leaves something behind in the force”

Shir Golan

Last night, an IAF medal of honor was bestowed upon aerial team members who have been flying actively for 25 years. Among the recipients of the medal, were leading IAF figures, who served as commanders of squadrons and bases: Gen. Uzi Ronen, Brigadier General Ilan Baram, Colonel Aria Aboulafia and Colonel Ran Granot. “We got our start in an Air Force that was far less advanced, where all we had to do was fly the airplanes, and finding the target wasn’t an obvious task. Later, the Force became more digital and advanced, but while the years have passed and the planes have been replaced, the love of flying remains”, says Colonel Granot, who has accumulated 42 years of flight experience. “We are grateful for the privilege and opportunity to fly in the Air Force for so many years, and we are proud of the fact that our contribution has been recognized and is so very much appreciated”.

Commander of the IAF, Major General Amir Eshel, expressed his appreciation to the recipients of the medal. “The ability to persist for so many year in combat flying, a demanding and professional field, cannot be taken for granted and is worthy of all praise…It’s not just flying, but fighting and getting the job done. And though this chapter has ended, each one of you leaves something behind in the force. You imparted your values onto different people and places where you were along the way. You have played a big role in making the Force what it is now, and thanks to you the Force will advance even further in the future. This is your home”.

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