Air force, navy commanders to stay on for year under new chief of staff

February 18, 2015 11:30


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The chiefs of the Israel Air Force and Israel Navy have extended their service in the IDF by a year, the military announced Wednesday, as part of a series of appointments carried out by the newly appointed chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.

Both IAF chief Maj.-Gan. Amir Eshel and the commander of the IN Maj.-Gen. Ram Rothberg sought to remain in their positions to a year, a move that will enable younger major generals to replace them in 2016.

Eizenkot's appointments, approved by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, include a new southern commander, Maj.-Gen. Eyal Zamir, who will replace Maj.-Gen. Shlomo (Sami) Turgerman, who completes a two year term in the post, and who commanded over the 50-day conflict with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza last summer.

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