IAF Honors Helicopter Crew for 2006 Bravery (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/03/12)
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IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Iddo Nechushtan awarded a citation to the air
crew members of a Yasur CH-53 helicopter that extricated elite IDF
fighters from Baalbek, Lebanon, in the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
Lt. Col. Emanuel Moreno was killed in this operation. His photograph
may not be published to this day, for security reasons.
Among the recipients of the citation is Col. Daniel Shifenbauer, who
was killed in a CH-53 crash in Romania on July 26, 2010. His widow,
Yael, received the citation in his place.
Another recipient of the IAF Commander´s Citation was only identified
to the press as Lt. Col. N.
In addition, citations from the Tel Nof IAF Base Commander were given
to Lt. Col. (res.) A., Captain B., Advanced Sgt. Maj. A. and First
Sgt. Maj. N., for displaying responsibility, professionalism and
Two Yasur helicopters carried the Sayeret Matkal deep behind enemy
lines to Baalbek, Lebanon, where they undertook a crucial operation
under Lt. Col. Moreno´s command. After the commandos disembarked, the
helicopters awaited them at a distance, in order to carry them home
The enemy discovered the presence of the Sayeret Matkal force, Lt.
Col. Moreno was hit by Hizbullah fire, and the scene of the operation
began to heat up. The commandos had to be extricated.
Under heavy fire and at great risk, the Yasur helicopters from the
Night Predators Squadron under Col. Shifenbauer entered the scene of
the action with covering fire from a combat helicopter. They came
under increasingly accurate antiaircraft fire. When they landed, the
helicopters were covered by a cloud of smoke and gunpowder that
caused the crew members to choke. The commandos boarded the
helicopters and were successfully extricated. (IsraelNationalNews ©
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