Four of the 37 women soldiers recognized for outstanding service by President
Shimon Peres yesterday are considered pioneers in that they are filling roles
usually filled by men. Two – a drone technician and an air -ground liaison
officer, both serving in the IAF, spoke to The Jerusalem Post this week about
Cpl. Shelly Moshe serves at the Tel Nof Air Base, near
Rehovot, as a technician for the Eitan (also known as the Heron TP) drone, a
massive unarmed aircraft capable of flying as far as Iran and back.
completed a pre-military course months before being drafted,” she said. “Then I
joined an electronics training course, before taking a course on
She trained at Haifa and the Palmahim Air Base, near Rishon
Lezion, and then was sent to Tel Nof. Today, Moshe is able to care for all
aspects of the drone, from its mechanics, to its complex electrical components,
to its computer.
“It’s me and one more female soldier – we’re the only
women ones doing this.
It’s a great feeling, as if we’re trailblazers. I
hope many more female soldiers follow us. There’s no reason why women
can’t be technicians. We’re already doing it,” Moshe said.
Eitan drone, made by Israeli defense firms Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace
Industries and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, “has amazing capabilities for
intelligence gathering, patrols and reconnaissance,” she added.
Shaked is an Israel Air Force liaison officer tasked with keeping the IAF in
touch with the ground forces in southern Israel, along the border with
Shaked is stationed with the army’s 80th Division, and arrived a
year-and-a-half ago, after the August 2012 crossborder attack from Sinai by al-
“The IDF decided it had to have an IAF
representative here,” Shaked said, adding that the incident proved to be a
game-changing attack that underscored the growing threat from the Sinai
At first, the ground forces she was sent to stay in touch with
did not keep Shaked updated, she said. Shaked was not quickly notified of
security developments, “because they weren’t used to reporting these to
me. Then, the situation changed. Now, the division doesn’t know
what to do if they haven’t notified me of an incident within an hour of it
Shaked is always on call.
“When something happens, at
any time, I go to the command room, and if necessary, coordinate aircraft
activities with ground forces,” she said.
Her job includes transmitting
the coordinates of targets when the IDF attacks.
“I feel honored to have
my current role. I see the difference in the situation before and after I
arrived, and this brings me huge satisfaction. It’s exciting to know that
the unit appreciates our work – it’s not just me, but the whole crew – and that
our officers recommended us [for the award],” she said.
The two other
female soldiers cited by the president on Tuesday were Sgt. Anat Daniel Ovadia,
a helicopter mechanic, and Sgt. Eina Shainfeld, a sniper instructor serving in
the IDF’s counterterrorism school.