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The IDF’s 180th flight school class: 20% of new pilots are mechina graduates

An alumna of the Mechina of the Upper Galilee graduated from flight school, joining her grandfather, an Irgun fighter and commander. An alumnus of Mechinat Bnei David in Eli found time during the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak to meet the love of his life, marry her, and graduate from flight school. Among the 40 graduates of the 180th class of the IDF’s renowned flight school, eight are mechina alumni

Friday, 11 September 2020 00:19

This Thursday, the 40 graduates of the Israel Air Force’s 180th flight school class got their wings during a ceremony at the Air Force’s base in Chatzerim. These combat personnel will become part of the IDF’s foremost operational and strategic abilities as they help to lead the Air Force’s operational activities in the coming years.

This year’s graduation, though kept to a minimum to protect participants’ health, marked 100 years since the rise of the pre-state paramilitary organizations during British rule. The ceremony was attended by President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, and the graduates’ near and dear ones.

Graduates of the Tavor Leadership Academy, the Mechina of the Upper Galilee at Maayan Baruch, Mechinat Bnei David in Eli, Mechinat Lachish, Mechinat HaEmek, and the Jerusalem Mechina stood on the parade ground during the festive ceremony and finally received their wings, completing the long, prestigious training program. An alumna of the Mechina of the Upper Galilee graduated from flight school, joining her grandfather, an Irgun fighter and commander. An alumnus of Mechinat Bnei David in Eli found time during the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak to meet the love of his life, marry her, and graduate from flight school.

1Photograph by IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The graduation ceremony concluded three years in which the cadets trained as combat officers and aircrew members while earning degrees at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Before the week is over, the graduates will be positioned in the various squadrons of the Air Force and begin their operational training.

President Reuven Rivlin: “These are no ordinary days. Surely you imagined a mightier cheering from the stands. You certainly deserve it. Yet the days of the fight against the coronavirus require us to do all that can be done to prevent morbidity, and to fight the existing, increasing morbidity, with all the means at our disposal. This is the place to again emphasize: We are stronger together! The State of Israel must gather all the entities that are part of the fight against the pandemic under one roof and one authority. Improve the transfer of information. Strive for complete synchronization. Together, we will form the fist that will crush the pandemic, and we will achieve victory over it. We have women graduates too! My dear women commanders, you are joining the lengthening line of wise, powerful women. Of talented women who have spread their wings. In this time, when women still struggle for the right for the opportunity to serve in all parts of the IDF, your achievement is a particular source of joy. You, who have worked hard, passed all the hurdles, and arrived—the best of the best. I know that watching you now, here in these stands or at homes throughout Israel, are girls who will, thanks to you, dare to dream of great things. Thanks to dreams such as these, and thanks to your abilities, we will enjoy a military that is stronger, wiser, more diverse.”

גליל עליוןPhotograph by IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

 

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