New IAF chief: We´re ready for anything (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 05.10.12, 17:55)
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General Staff welcomes Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel as new Air Force
commander. IDF Chief Gantz: Israel has the best air force in the
Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel officially took office as Israel´s new Air Force
commander Thursday. Eshel will replace Major-General Ido Nehushtan,
who is retiring from IDF service after 37 years.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz thanked Nehushtan for his
service and welcomed Eshel into office: "We have the best air force
in the world. It shoulders a strategic and significant
responsibility," he said.
The IAF chiefs´ rotation ceremony was held at the IDF´s Rabin Base –
the Kirya – in Tel Aviv, with Defense Minister Ehud Barak in
"The Air Force serves as Israel´s chief deterrence force and its main
tactical arm," Barak said.
"The IAF is constantly vigilant, 365 days a year, nationwide and
across the globe, with one goal in mind – Israel´s security,"
outgoing IAF Chief Nehushtan said.
He further wished Eshel luck in his new post, adding that he
had "every faith that he can lead the IAF vis-à-vis any future
"Commander Nehushtan is leaving us with a powerful, quality air
force, which is facing significant challenges. We are ready for
whatever mission we me be called for,," Eshel stated. (Copyright 2012
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