Two officers from the Aerial Defense Division who neutralized terrorists and saved lives, received certificates of appreciation from the Commander of the Division: “You are living examples of the character of combat soldiers and the expectations from such – readiness, decisiveness and courage”
Tal Giladi | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer Zubida
Last Thursday, Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the Aerial Defense Division Commander, awarded certificates of appreciation to two officers from the division who neutralized terrorists which executed or planned on executing terror attacks.
“The officers are clear examples of the character of combat soldiers in the division and the expectations from such – readiness, decisiveness and courage”, said the division commander in the award ceremony. “Heroism is one of the prominent characteristics of aerial division officers. The set of values that led your actions is similar to the values of old-time heroes. The weapons may have changed, a rifle instead of a slingshot, but the heroism is the same”.
Two months ago, Second Lt. Daniel an officer in the “Patriot” interceptors division, shot and killed a terrorist who stabbed five people with a screwdriver, a soldier between them, in Tel Aviv. Second Lt. Daniel who immediately understood that he is in the midst of a terror attack, exited his vehicle, ran towards the attacker and shot him. Two days passed and a similar attack occurred in the southern Hebron area, when aerial defense combat soldiers identified a suspicious figure moving towards them at night. They alerted security forces and simultaneously shot in the air to warn him. Second Lt. Omer, the force commander, followed by a second soldier, identified a knife in the attacker’s hand and neutralized him. The soldiers operated professionally and firmly and prevented the attack of citizens.
“Most soldiers don’t think that what they practice in training will serve them when the moment comes, but they served me”, said Second Lt. Daniel. “I am proud to have had the opportunity to utilize my abilities as an officer and combat soldier”.
A week after the attack, Second Lt. Daniel met the soldier who was stabbed in the attack in Tel Aviv. “Today I command other soldiers and it is very important for me to emphasize the importance of responsibility, leadership and quick response”, he concluded with a smile.