IDF Paratrooper company commanders 311.
(photo credit: IDF)
Lt. Tamir was born in New York to Israeli parents who had left the country for
schooling and work.
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When he was seven, they returned. Capt. Tzachi was
born in Oklahoma where his father, a former IDF brigadier-general and commander
of the Artillery Corps, had been sent for training.
Lt. Dvir was born two
months after his parents moved to Israel from Long Beach, New York, and settled
in the Jordan Valley.
Lt. Avishai’s parents came from Cleveland and
Boston and he was born just a few weeks after they received their apartment in
the Ra’anana absorption center.
All four are US citizens, but they are
also are the current commanders of the companies of new recruits who enlisted
into the IDF Paratroop Brigade last week.
While they all speak English,
they do not resort to the language during meetings, according to Dvir, 25, who
lives in Jerusalem with his wife and son.
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“We mostly speak a third
language called ‘army’ which is a mixture of Hebrew and slang,” he said.
“Knowing English does come in handy though since it helps us better understand
the needs of lone soldiers, to communicate with new immigrants and to help make
their service easier.”
Avishai, 24, said that serving as a company
commander in the Paratroop Brigade and coming into contact with lone soldiers
helped him understand what his parents went through when they moved to Israel in
the late 1980s.
“I look at the lone soldiers and begin to understand what
my parents must have gone through when they moved here all by themselves and two
months later had me,” he said.
Tzachi grew up in a military home. His two
siblings followed in their father’s footsteps and served in the Artillery Corps
but he decided to “rebel” – as he called it – and enlisted in the elite
undercover Duvdevan Unit, which operates under the Paratroop Brigade.
said that the fact that all four of the company commanders at the brigade’s
training base were US citizens but were still living in Israel and serving in
the IDF was a testament to their high-level of motivation and the importance in
contributing to the country.
“You hear a lot about Israelis with dual
citizenship who leave the country, go on trips or even go work abroad,” he said.
“The fact that we can do that and decide not to, should not be taken for
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