Halutz finalizes IDF brass with new promotions

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz finalized the make up of the IDF brass Monday with the appointment of two major generals. Brig.-Gen. Gershon Hacohen, whose division bore the brunt of the evacuation of the Jewish residents of Gush Katif this summer, was named the next head of military colleges. He will be promoted to major general. He is replacing Maj.-Gen. Eyal Ben-Reuven who will retire from the military. The other appointment was Brig.-Gen. Meir Kalifi, currently head of doctrine and training department. He will be promoted as a second major general in the Ground Forces Services. The unusual command structure there is the result of the growing responsibilities of the Ground Forces Services that has basically become the Army. Kalifi will be responsible for doctrine, training and exercise of all ground forces. He will be subordinate to Ground Forces Services commander Maj.-Gen. Benny Ganz. The appointments were approved by Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz. The appointments pretty much end the shuffle of the general staff made under Halutz. It will likely lead to the retirement of a number of senior officers, beginning with Maj.-Gen. Yiftah Ron-Tal.