Operation “Protective Edge”: The Technicians Responsible for Every Takeoff

Ready for everything Operation “Protective Edge”: The Technicians Responsible for Every Takeoff

Dedicated and motivated Operation “Protective Edge”: The Technicians Responsible for Every Takeoff

Every plane that takes off as part of Operation “Protective Edge” is able to do so thanks the soldiers of the Technical Division Operation “Protective Edge”: The Technicians Responsible for Every Takeoff

“We emphasize the smallest details” Every plane that takes to the air as part of Operation “Protective Edge” is able to do so thanks to the intensive work done by the soldiers of the Technical Division. The quick-response teams of technicians prepare the planes that are dispatched they make sure the planes return safely from missions in the skies above the Gaza Strip

David Greenwald

As part of Operation “Protective Edge”, the IAF’s aircrafts have been engaged in round-the-clock operational activity. This activity would not be possible without the preparation of the planes for flight, a job for which the soldiers of the technical divisions in the squadrons are responsible. “For two weeks now, we have been on an unusual schedule, working day and night. Everyone was called to the mission and have been working in order to prepare the planes as quickly as possible”, say Captain A’, a maintenance officer in the “Tip of the Spear” squadron at the Tel Nof airbase. “The atmosphere is different and special and everyone is more than motivated. We were trained for moments like these”.

Dedicated and Motivated

The activities of the Technical Division are separated into groups: one team is responsible for preparing the planes going out on training flights and the other team remains on alert in order to prepare planes that are dispatched to operational activity and to arm them with the relevant weaponry for each mission. “We emphasize the smallest details including maintaining the cleanliness of the cockpit, because it is during operational activity that it is easy to forget them”, stresses Captain A’. “The senior commissioned and non-commissioned officers spend a lot of time in the field managing the activity up-close. Regular soldiers performing mandatory military service also dedicate themselves”.

Ready for everything

The main difference between a routine training day and a day of operational activity lies in the daily agenda. The schedule during training days is arranged ahead of time, while the schedule of a day of operational activity is characterized by the lack of clarity regarding the rest of the day, as the job changes depending on the need. But, even this type of job does not confuse the soldiers of the Technical Division, who stay focused on their job. “We are constantly being fed new information and adjusting ourselves accordingly. This does not compromise the quality of the activity”, explains Captain A’. “The main goal we face is getting all the planes and the aircrews home safely”.

 

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