New Aerial Defense Officers

“The Middle East is a dangerous place and there is no room for the weak”

Photo courtesy of Guy Ashash

New Aerial Defense Officers

“You have proven that you are worthy of commanding the best and most advanced Aerial Defense Division in the world”

Photo courtesy of Guy Ashash

New Aerial Defense Officers

Around 22 percent of the course graduates are women

Photo courtesy of Guy Ashash

New Aerial Defense Officers

The graduation of the biggest class of aerial defense officers

Photo courtesy of Guy Ashash

Amid the recent interceptions by the “Iron Dome” system, yesterday the Aerial Defense Division was strengthened with the graduation of the biggest class of aerial defense officers. “At this time, your job is of historical significance to the security of the State of Israel”

Naomi Tzoref

Over the last two weeks, “Iron Dome” batteries dispatched to different locations have intercepted nine rockets fired on Israeli territory. Amid the turmoil in southern Israel, an insignia-presentation ceremony was held yesterday for 10 new Aerial Defense Division officers. “In recent days, the IDF has continued its efforts to locate the boys who were kidnapped. The IAF has joined the effort with both aerial activities and ground operations. Also, acts of terrorism from Syria and Gaza strip have been answered with sharp responses, at the center of which the IAF operates”, said yesterday Major General Amir Eshel, IAF Commander. “The Middle East is a dangerous place and there is no room for the weak. You have proven that you are worthy of commanding the best and most advanced Aerial Defense Division in the world. At this time, your job is of historical significance to the security of the State of Israel”.

The new officers will start commanding in different systems of the Division. In addition to the interception missions, discovery and deterrence missions were performed together with Home Front Command officials, in order to ensure maximum protection of the Israeli citizens. “Our enemies continue the arms race in an attempt to hard the security of the state and its soldiers”, said Brigadier General Shahar Shohat, Aerial Defense Division Commander. “We must work for the present security and to be ready for the future. The division works to execute its missions through strengthening and future vision, but as a force who intercepts in space, the skies are not the limit”.

This class of officers is the largest class in the force in 10 years at the Aerial Defense School and around 22 percent of the course graduates are women. Half of the graduates are the second generation of soldiers in the force serving in different divisions. “It was not equality of the burden that you asked for, but rather a meaningful service as commanders and soldiers in a division where you have to respond quickly and be mentally alert”, said Colonel Ran Kohav, the commander of the Aerial Defense School. “At the end of the celebrations, you will be presented with the responsibility to work tirelessly and risk your lives in order to protect the homeland, literally. Be ready for this challenge”.

 

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