Lt. Col. J. assumed the position of commander of the Air Force’s Special Air Forces Wing (7th Wing), in place of Lt. Col. E., who served in the position for the past three years. The exchange of commanders ceremony was held today (Sunday), at the air force base "Palmach" (cf"A 30), led by the Commander of the Air Force, General Tomer Bar, and with the participation of commanders, soldiers, families and other invitees. Major General E. will finish his military service after about 27 years.
From the words of the commander of the Air Force, Colonel Tomer Bar: "Only about two years ago we established the 7th Wing, the Special Air Forces Wing of the Air Force, and today I declare that it was the right move, the results of which we see every day in the high-quality and extensive operational work. The change of command occurs when the security challenges around us require us to pay full attention, focus and build preparedness. The basic infrastructure for success in meeting the heavy tasks at hand are based on the clear and flowing understanding – we rely on wonderful servants, fighters and combat supporters who are mobilized by virtue of being the people’s army. An army where everyone is equal in opportunities and duties. An army that walks in the light of its values - the values of the spirit of the IDF."
"An army led by dedicated commanders who lead their subordinates from end to end. A moral, disciplined army, a victorious army. Lieutenant Colonel P. You were the leader, the initiator of the change and the first commander of the wing. I am very proud of the achievements of the wing units, in your operational work you make a unique and profound contribution to the capabilities of the Air Force and the supremacy of the IDF over its enemies. E., you are released from Matzah"After 27 years of service and takes off your uniform. It is not possible in the broad forum to tell about your contribution to the security of the state, including in actions that were carried out very recently. Lieutenant Colonel Y, you will receive command of the wing in a few minutes. You know the wing, are aware of the depth of the challenges and tasks at hand and the expectations of the wing units are very high. I am sure you will meet the tasks on your shoulders". General Bar added.
From the outgoing Commander of the Special Air Forces Wing of the Air Force (7th Wing), Lt. Col. E.: "The 7th Wing represents unique and creative solutions to the challenges of the corps, it is more relevant than ever – in war, in combat and in routine. It was a great privilege for me to be a part of it. Y., you are the right man in the right place, to continue the path in this important position. In rescue, in attack, in collection, in running ground operations in depth and in groundbreaking collaborations. You are the best answer, keep reinventing yourself every time, at high rates and with uncompromising quality. The IDF and the country will thank you for that".
From the words of the incoming commander of the Special Air Forces Wing of the Air Force (7th Wing), Major General Y’: "With a great sense of responsibility and great commitment, I take command of the wing today, and I am ready for the task of leading you. Adherence to the task, creativity and courage are the identification badge of Wing 7. A wing that makes the impossible possible, all this with humility and great modesty. E., you are a commander, a character and a friend, we have been working together for many years. Integrity, dedication, professionalism and above all courage are your leading values which are found in everything. Together, in the special way of the wing, in teamwork, we will continue to demand the best from ourselves, we will face every challenge and task".