Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel becomes IAF Commander (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/10/12)
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With an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities looming, the IAF
has a new commander: Major General Amir Eshel.
Eshel was officially appointed Thursday to replace Maj. Gen. Ido
Nechushtan, in a ceremony at the Chief of Staff´s bureau in Tel
Aviv´s Rabin (Hakirya) Camp. The ceremony was attended by Defense
Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, members
of the General Staff Forum and their family members.
Nechushtan, who is retiring from the IDF after 37 years of service,
said: The IAF is a body that operates every day, every moment, 365
days a year, from Dan to Eilat and all over the world, seeking at all
moments to defend Israel."
Defense Minister Barak bade farewell to Nechushtan, noting that "over
the last two generations, the IAF is Israel´s main decisive arm and
the headstone of its deterrent capability."
Lt. Gen Gantz said: "We have the best air force in the world. A
heavy, meaningful and immediate strategic burden rests on the
Maj. Gen. Eshel thanked his superiors for the appointment and
said: "Major General Ido Nechushtan leaves behind a strong and high
quality air force with many processes that bear his signature. We
face meaningful tests and we are ready for every mission we will be
asked to perform."
Eshel has logged over 5,500 flight hours in a variety of jets and
helicopters, including the F-15, F-16, Apache and Cobra. He was head
of the Planning Department from 2008 to 2012. He has degrees from
Auburn University in Alabama and Haifa University. He is married with
three children. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/10/12)
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