“I was impressed with the high quality of people” Major General Gadi Aizenkot was appointed last week the next IDF chief of staff. As deputy chief of staff he arrived at the Nevatim airbase and spoke with the combat soldiers about the future challenges
Shani Poms | Translation: Eden Sharon
Major General Gadi Aizenkot was appointed 21th IDF Chief of Staff last week. He visited the southern Nevatim airbase as Deputy Chief of Staff last October and was impressed with the changes the IAF has been undergoing.
During his visit, he toured an intelligence project being undertaken at the airbase, viewed the different flight platforms of the airbase and even flew on the newly-purchased C-130J.
As part of the tour, Maj. Gen. Aizenkot talked with the combat soldiers serving in the airbase. He addressed current issues such as the last campaign and the Israeli society. “The thing that impressed me the most during Operation ‘Protective Edge’ was the high quality of people. This is the source of our strength – the people, not only the advanced technology”.
Maj. Gen. Aizenkot also referred to the effectiveness of the “Iron Dome” batteries during the intensive campaign.
“The generated ability is highly impressive. This system protected the country and its people. It is not difficult to imagine what could have happened without the ‘Iron Dome’. The absorption and operation of the batteries is no less than excellent”.
Maj. Gen. Aizenkot’s speech was attended by Transport and combat aircrews, airborne controllers and intelligence unit. Maj. Gen. Aizenkot addressed the challenges facing the IDF, some hidden from view, but relevant to the airbase. “This talk is taking place a day before the 41th ‘Yum-Kippur’ War anniversary. The IDF is dealing with routine security, rather than only preparing for war. The challenges of our generation are much more complex”, stated Maj. Gen. Aizenkot and pointed out threats like the rockets and missiles fire towards Israel. “Another threat is the cyber threat. Today we have high teleprocessing capabilities and we get stronger by the day”.