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The Chief of General Staff, Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, has accepted the recommendations made by the General Staff Committee for medals and citations following the Second Lebanon War.
The Committee, headed by Maj.-Gen. Yishai Be'er, conducted numerous meetings in which it examined 42 proposed recipients of the Chief of the General Staff awards.
After determining the criteria for receiving the awards, the Committee elected to bestow 38 medals and citations of the Chief of General Staff.
Among those to be awarded are deputy Golani battalion commander Lt.-Col. Ro'i Klein, who threw himself over a grenade to save the lives of his soldiers, and a military doctor who risked his life to conduct a medical operation under fire.
Six soldiers will receive the Medal of Valor, 12 soldiers will receive the Distinguished Service Medal, 17 soldiers will receive citations and three units will receive citations.
During the past 24 hours commanders visited the homes of the recipients of the honorary awards and their families, in order to inform them of the decision.
The medal presentation ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, at the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, and will be conducted in the presence of the Chief of the General Staff and the members of the General Staff Forum. In addition to these awards, an additional 104 medals and citations will be granted by commanders of the different branches and units of the IDF.
Following the decision by the Committee, the Chief of General Staff stated that "the exemplary stories that were discovered in the wake of the war bear witness to the spirit of combat and camaraderie among IDF soldiers, and are a source of pride for the Israel Defense Forces."