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
"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 challenge."
"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.
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