Just before it ends: 165 Graduates become official officers Just before it ends: 165 Graduates become official officers Just before it ends: 165 Graduates become official officers Just before it ends: 165 Graduates become official officers Just before it ends: 165 Graduates become official officers Graduates of the 165 IAF Aviation Course are one step away from the moment they have been waiting for- receiving their wings. Today they completed another significant stage on their way to becoming aerial team members and received their officer’s insignia. Commander of the Aviation Academy: “You topped our uncompromising requirements on ground and surely up in the sky”

Lilach Gonen | Photography: Lior Kestner

Today, graduates of Aviation Course 165 passed the last obstacle on their way towards getting their desirable wings: They received their ‘First Lieutenant’ insignia and became official IAF officers. “These ranks symbolize a great honor alongside large responsibilities”, emphasized Brigadier General Tal Kelman, Commander of Hatzerim Airbase where the Aviation Course is held. “It is an honor to join the IDF’s officiating lines. With it comes the duty of making sure that Israel stays a Jewish and democratic country”.

Not too long ago they marched around the ceremony stage, practicing the appropriate drill in honor of previous pilots, and now their moment has come- younger soldiers are marching instead. “In the course of three years you gave it your all. Nights and Days of countless efforts and ongoing challenges which keep on enhancing as the stages continue”, said Colonel Shaul, Commander of the Aviation Academy. “You topped our uncompromising requirements on ground and surly up in the air. Today, you should hold your heads up high and be proud of the long way you made- it was long, rough and filled with demands”.

“Its your turn to take the reins”
This week the new officers will arrive once again at the ceremony stage for the last time. Commander of the IAF will grant them their desirable aviation wings and they will officially become IAF aerial team members. The looks on their faces give away their enormous excitement. “Graduates of Course 165, many challenges stand before us as a community: defense, economical and social issues”, said Commander of the Aviation Academy “Now is your turn to take the reins and strive for better future”.

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