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First female deputy commander in IAF combat squadron
Air force chief appoints F-15 navigator as a deputy commander in the Spearhead Squadron; officer received the happy news while she was flying a mission.

Israel Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin has appointed a woman as a deputy commander of a combat squadron in a first for the IAF.

 

 

The officer, an F-15 navigator, will serve in the Spearhead Squadron at the Tel-Nof Airbase. She will be promoted to the rank of major in the summer.

 

She received the news of her promotion while flying a mission.

 

An F-15 fighter jet (Photo: Reuters)
An F-15 fighter jet (Photo: Reuters)

 

In addition to being a navigator, the officer also has an operational role at the IAF Headquarters.

 

Two additional female officers were appointed deputy commanders in the drone unit on Sunday.

 

Women have been making leaps and bounds in combat roles in the Israeli Air Force. Two women recently graduated from the IAF Flight Academy'—Lt. T. as a helicopters pilot and Lt. Dafna as a transport navigator.

 

While in the class before that, S. became the fourth female fighter pilot in the IAF's history.

 

 

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