IDF Creates 4th Home Front Search and Rescue Battalion (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 03/27/12)
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The IDF continues to make preparations for a war that will likely
include missile attacks on the civilian home front: a fourth Search
and Rescue Battalion has been established by the Home Front Command.
The IDF´s Bamahane magazine reported that the battalion is to absorb
manpower from both the headquarters and two operational batteries of
the "Ram" Battalion, which operates anti-aircraft Stinger missiles.
The decision apparently reflects a greater concern regarding the
threat of enemy missiles than the threat posed by enemy jet fighters.
"There was a decision to build four battalions, but we never dreamed
it would happen so quickly," said head of Planning and Organization
of the Home Front Command, Lt. Col. Elena Samson.
Enlarging the search and rescue forces will create a large force
available to respond to emergency situations, including non-
conventional attacks, large-scale rescue events, and other extreme
situations, said Bamahane. "There is an understanding that the home
front is becoming a second battlefield, so it must get stronger,"
explained the head of Manpower in the Home Front Command, Lt. Col.
Bamahane´s Niva Goldberg and Yarden Tzur reported that the ´Ram´
Battalion´ battery that was not transferred to the Home Front Command
will remain operational and will be re-assigned to the air defense
wing of the air force. The wing operates the Iron Dome and Arrow
missile defense systems, and will absorb the Magic Wand system in the
The Stinger batteries will join the Home Front Command in August, and
will begin training in search and rescue skills required for Home
Front duties in early 2013.
"Ram" battalion commander, Lt. Col. Richard Hecht said: "This summer
we will change the color of our berets but continue the same
operational mission. What will change is that during emergencies our
mission will switch to one of saving lives."(IsraelNationalNews ©
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