Today, the soon-to-be graduates of flight course 174 received their officer’s ranks. This Thursday, they will proudly march across the academy’s parade ground for the last time and officially become IAF aircrew members
After three intensive years of ground training, academic studies and above all – flight training, with their excited loved ones, commanders and instructors in the audience, the graduates of flight course 174 marched across the parade ground for the last time as enlisted servicemen and officially became Israeli Air Force officers. “The first stage of your training comes to an end today”, said Brig. Gen. Avshalom, Hatzerim AFB Commander. “The IAF’s operational activity is diverse and vast, from close air support to interception missions in space, from defending our country’s borders to clandestine operations in deep enemy territory. Remember that beyond being combatants and commanders, you are people”.
“Today, you become officers, a great privilege and a great responsibility. From this day forward, you stand for something bigger than yourselves – the tip of this country’s combat spear, officers and commanders in the Israel Defense Forces”, added Col. M, Flight Academy Commander. “The course has ended, but your work has just begun. Be loyal to yourselves and your country, don’t forget the meaning and purpose we are all here for, keep being an amazing group of people, keep inspiring those around you and utilize your ability and talents”.
A Pilot is a Pilot
This year’s Wings Ceremony will be held in honor of the 1967 “Six Day” War jubilee. The war, which was opened by Operation “Moked”, still echoes throughout the IAF and will continue to do so throughout the years. “The legacy of the war contains the meaning and purpose of the training you complete this week”, said Col. M.
An examination of the “Six Day” War, raises the comparison between the reality of those days and the reality our aircrew members deal with today. “A pilot is a pilot”, shared Lt. Col. Eyal, Commander of the Flight Academy’s Fighter Division. “The world and the academy may have undergone significant technological advancements, but the flight cadets of the 2000’s acquire the same traits that we required from pilots in the 60’s: understanding their mission, responsibility, a sense of mission and determination”