The unit practiced different searching methods, both aerial and ground The Search & Rescue Unit 669 played a key role in the search for the three kidnapped boys prior the Operation “Protective Edge”. The Missing Persons Division of the unit met for a workshop on enhancing their capabilities
David Greenwald | Translation: Eden Sharon
The combat soldiers of the Search & Rescue Unit 669 took a major part in the search for the three kidnapped teenagers during Operation “Brother’s Keeper” and six months later they met for a workshop aimed at enhancing their capabilities.
In cases in which people go missing, the combat soldiers are required to collect information from eye witnesses and as such the exercise focused on investigating and questioning eye witnesses in the area close to the where the person was last scene. “There are guiding principles for questioning witnesses and specific emphases for a missing persons incident”, said Sergeant Major G, Platoon Commander in Unit 669, who led to workshop. “The soldiers and reservists of the division must know how to get a person to open up and talk. We practice methods that can help people access their memory and recall specific details that are relevant to the case”.
The unit has also practiced different searching methods, both aerial and ground. As part of the aerial scan they practiced locating the relevant area from the air and finding the missing person in cooperation with the helicopters aircrews. The ground practice included navigation in broad areas conducted in cooperation with the “Oketz” Canine Special Forces Unit. “The participants were given specific locations and had to analyze the field in order to locate the missing person”, explains Sergeant Major G. “The reservists of the platoon also deal with this issue in their private lives as tour guides and therefore they have extensive experience in the field”.