Last night, the Aircrew of the Golden Eagle Squadron hosted senior commanders from the 162nd Armor Division of the Armored Corps. Side by side, they crowded together in the cockpit of an F-16 and learned to see each other’s point of view. “The flight helped me gain a better understanding of the importance of joint training”
Shir Cohen and Shani Poms
Fighter pilots of the Golden Eagle Squadron were replaced last night by special guests: commanders of 162nd Armor Division, who got a rare glimpse of the perspective of the aircrew. Like the rest of the pilots, the commanders of the 162nd Armor Division made sure to dress for the occasion for flying in the F-16a/b: green overalls and G-suits. But the red combat shoes they wore gave away where they really came from. “Interpersonal relationships are really important because IDF activities are composed of, and based on, cooperation”, said Colonel Itzik Bar, who, until recently, served as deputy commander of the division. “The flight helped me gain a better understanding of the importance of joint training. In the air, things proceed at a quicker and more complex pace.”
While senior commanders of the division were in the air, the fighters of the squadron operated in the field and simulated cooperation with fighter jets. “We spoke on the two-way radio with fighters from the Nahal Brigade, who were near Arad and watching us. A real battle could be similar to this”, explained Lieutenant Ophir of the Golden Eagle Squadron, who organized the meeting. “At the end of the day, the goal of the meeting is to get to know the commanders who are behind the two-way radio and to understand the expectations of one another”.
In the 162nd Armor Division, which is subordinate to the Central Command, the Armored Corps, Nahal Brigade, Krif Brigade and Artillery Corps forces operate together. The Cooperation Unit, which takes on the challenge of bridging the gaps between the Air Force and Ground Force units, is responsible for communication between the green division and the blue aircrew of the Golden Eagle Squadron. “At the end of the meeting, all the commanders sat together: from the division, the aircrew, and the Cooperation Unit, and each one explained how things look on his end” explained Lieutenant Ophir. To this end, we brought everyone together to talk in the same room, starting with the party that needed assistance, the division, through the connecting Cooperation Unit, to the force of the operation, which is us”.