Israel Air Force appoints first woman to lead aviation squadron

Another woman appointed to lead operational command and control unit.

By
January 17, 2018 13:31
2 minute read.
IAF

Israel Air Force planes fly over Tel Aviv. . (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Israel Air Force commander Maj.-Gen.

Amikam Norkin on Tuesday appointed two women to senior positions, including the first woman to command an aviation squadron.

“She will be the first female pilot to have this position and to have this rank,” read a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

“Maj. T.,” whose name is being withheld for security reasons, will be promoted to lieutenant- colonel and head a squadron of IAF transport planes.

Another woman, “Maj. M.,” was appointed to command the IAF’s Operational Command and Control Unit and is being promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Accord- ing to the statement, she will be the first female air traffic controller to reach that rank.

In November, a woman was appointed deputy commander of a combat squadron. The officer, an F-15 navigator, will serve in the Spearhead Squadron, which flies F-15 fighter jets out of Tel Nof Air Base, near Rehovot. In addition, two other female officers were appointed deputy commanders of squadrons of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as a drones, out of Palmahim Air Base, near Rishon Lezion.


In 1949, the Israeli army became the first in the world to introduce mandatory military service for both men and women, and in 1951, Yael Rom became the first graduate of the prestigious pilot’s course. But a short while later, women were barred from combat positions and from becoming pilots.

In 1993, South African immigrant Alice Miller successfully sued the military for the right to join the pilot training course. While she was declared medically unfit for a role as pilot, her actions shattered the IAF’s glass ceiling for women, opening the course to female trainees.

Five years later, Sheri Rahat graduated from the pilot’s course and became a navigator on an F-16 fighter jet. In 2000, Lt. Roni Zuckerman, the granddaughter of two leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, became the first woman to graduate as a combat fighter pilot.

Despite the air force encouraging women to enlist after the High Court of Justice ruled in favor of Miller in 1995, only 49 women have completed the course.

Of some 600 cadets who pass preliminary tests for the course, about two-thirds drop out in the first year of the three-year intensive pilot training, and only 30 to 40 of those who stay successfully complete the course, according to the IAF.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

February 20, 2019
The viral star running for Knesset who doesn’t give a f**k

By LAHAV HARKOV