New IAF Commander Appointed

Minister of Defense Ehud Barak has approved today, February 5, 2012, the decision by the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, to appoint Major-General Amir Eshel the new commander of the IAF.

Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel will replace Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan.

Major-General Eshel enlisted to IAF pilots’ training course #88 in the year 1977.
After completing the flight course, Maj.-Gen. Eshel began his service as a “Skyhawk” pilot and later served as an instructor in the Flight Academy, as well as a commander of “F-16” and “F-4 Phantom” squadrons. Nine years ago, he was nominated to become Head of the Operational Division and later served as commander of the Ramon and Tel-Nof airbases, after which he served as Head of the Aerial Formation and Head of the IAF Headquarters.

While he served as Commander of Tel-Nof airbase, Maj.-Gen. Eshel led the historical flight over Auschwitz. Since 2008, Maj.-Gen. Eshel served as Chief of the IDF Planning Directorate.

Major General Amir Eshel, the new IAF commmander

Major-General Amir Eshel, the new commander of the Israeli Air Force