“she is very proud of me”
The operation was the result of cooperation among Valeria’s friends, her commanders
“I showed her the whole base.”
After not having seen her daughter in a year, Valeria’s mother paid her a surprise visit Corporal Valeria Artmiok, a lone soldier from the airbase in Nevitim, immigrated to Israel at the age of 14 and she hasn’t seen her mother who lives in Ukraine in about a year. Last week, Valeria’s mother surprised her with a visit to the southern airbase in Nevitim. “I felt like I was in a movie, it was exciting”
Corporal Valeria Artmiok, a lone soldier who immigrated to Israel from Ukraine, has been serving in the maintenance squadron at the Nevitim airbase for about a year. Last week, a Parents Day, a day in which the parents of serving soldiers come to their children’s base for a visit, was organized as usual. Officials from the airbase, who are familiar with Corporal Valeria’s story, embarked on a complex mission in which Valeria’s mother was flown out of Ukraine straight to the Parents Day event at her daughter’s airbase in the Southern Israel. “I was in the market”, explains Corporal Artmiok. “I felt like I was in a movie or a book. It only happens there. And now, I’m having an even happier holiday. The touching meeting with her mother was a complete surprise to her. “That very morning, I wanted to call her, and I said I would do it later”, she recalls. “My friends brought me to the auditorium for a talk with the Commander of the Squadron. At the end of the talk, he called me my name, talked about me and said that they had carried out a mission to bring my mom here. When I heard about it, I didn’t believe it; I got up and saw my mom. Everyone cried and clapped, it was exciting- I’m speechless”.
The operation, which was carried out in absolute secrecy, was the result of cooperation among Valeria’s friends, her commanders, and her family members. “I thank everyone who helped bring my mom”, says Corporal Valeria. “I showed her the whole base. We went to the barracks and she saw where I live. We went to my division and she saw what I do, she is very proud of me”.
Valeria immigrated to Israel from Ukraine at 14 and attended a boarding school in Jerusalem for four years. Upon being drafted into the IDF as a lone soldier, she passed the “Netiv” course and was placed into the Air Force.