Major General Ido Nehushtan was appointed today (May 13) as Commander of the Israeli Air Force, replacing Major General Eliezer Shkedi who ended his four year term.
Maj. Gen. Nehushtan served in his most recent role as the Head of the IDF Planning Branch. He also filled a wide variety of command and administrative positions, including commander of an F-16 squadron, head of the Armament Division of the IAF General Command, and commander of the Hatzor Air Force base. Throughout the course of his military service, Maj. Gen. Nehushtan amassed thousands of hours flying fighter jets, participating in hundreds of missions.
Maj. Gen. Nehushtan holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science from the Hebrew University, a Business Administration diploma from Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University in Chicago and from the Recanati School at Tel-Aviv University. He also completed an Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
The ceremony took place in an IAF base and was headed by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi. The General Staff, former IAF commanders, and officers of the IAF participated in the event. The Chief of Staff thanked Maj. Gen. Shkedi for his many achievements throughout his service, and wished good luck to the new Commander of the IAF, Maj. Gen. Nehushtan.
In his goodbye speech, Maj. Gen. Shkedi said: “as I stand here and solute you, I feel grateful for the honour and privilege I was given to serve at and lead the Air Force of the Jewish state and the Jewish people. Our future is in our hands, and I am confident that we have the courage and the strength to continue our way”.
Maj. Gen. Nehushtan said: “it will be my first priority to maintain the high quality of the force’s human resources. Excellence, initiative, open minded approach, and determination are all part of the air-force code of values which we must work to preserve and pass on to the next generations. I thank the General for his confidence in me, I acknowledge the responsibility my new role entails, and I am proud for having the honour to assume command of the Israeli air-force”.