IAF navigator 370.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
Lt. B. is one of dozens of Israel Air Force cadets who received their wings on
Thursday at a ceremony at Hatzerim Air Base, which was attended by political and
Shortly before the ceremony, Lt. B., who will be a
navigator in an F-16i fighter jet for the next nine years, told The Jerusalem
Post he felt privileged to be where is today.
The new navigator, together
with other pilots of the air force, is to form the main and speediest response
force to the mammoth regional-security challenges facing Israel.
force is the most efficient military branch,” he said. “It’s a big honor to be
here. I came to give myself to the IDF. It was a long journey to get here. I
feel like I belong,” he said.
He completed three years of intensive
training before getting his wings on Thursday.
Lt. B. is to fly out of
Ramon air base. He‘s to sit behind the fighter jet pilot, and handle a range of
critical flight responsibilities.
These include operating the weapon
systems, leading fighter jet formations and handling complex aerial
“The plane is at the forefront of the IDF, and has amazing
technology on board,” he said. “It carries out all of the missions that the IAF
requires, from airto- air missions, air-toground, various attacks and
interceptions. And it performs these functions at a very high level,” he
Speaking at the ceremony, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the
pilots, “You must be ready for the moment you will be called upon to actuate
your abilities and strike those who seek to disrupt our lives here, and who are
working tirelessly to arm themselves.
The skies of Israel are covered
these days with threats and challenges, near and far. We’re dealing with terror
organizations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who are arming themselves all of the
time for the day they will shatter the calm of the southern residents, as
occurred just this week...with the warmongering Hezbollah in the north,
and with an unrestrained regime that is slaughtering its citizens in
At the same time, Ya’alon said, “Our eyes are following
developments in Iran, where a new president has been elected with old ambitions:
To gallop toward the possession of nuclear weapons and to threaten the fate of
the only democracy in the Middle East and the region, and of the entire Western
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz told the pilots, “The
region is shaking, from south to north. Syria is hemorrhaging blood, and
in Lebanon, the fire has begun to catch the edge of Nasrallah’s robe. In the
face of this changing reality, we must be prepared, coordinated and alert, more
than ever. You, the graduates, have from now on an inseparable part in
safeguarding our readiness against these challenges.”