Aluf AMIR ESHEL (Hebrew : אמיר אשל; born 1959) is a former Israeli general who served as commander of the Israeli Air Force . A Major General since 2008, Eshel is a former head of the IDF Planning Directorate . He succeeded Ido Nehoshtan as commander of the Israeli Air Force on May 10, 2012 and was succeeded by Amikam Norkin on August 10, 2017.
Born in 1959, Eshel was drafted into the IDF in 1977. After
graduating from the IAF Flight Academy as a fighter pilot in 1979,
Eshel flew the
A-4 Skyhawk , first out of Etzion and then from Ramon .
He also flew the Skyhawk during the
1982 Lebanon War . After serving
with the flight academy as a combat instructor, Eshel went on to fly
the F-16 out of
Ramat David Airbase . Between 1993 and 1995 Eshel
commanded 201 Squadron at Tel Nof . Flying the Kurnass 2000 variant
F-4 Phantom II
In 1999 Eshel was assigned command of Ramon Airbase. On December 16,
1999, while ferrying an
Eshel, the son of
We pilots of the Air Force, flying in the skies above the camp of horrors, arose from the ashes of the millions of victims and shoulder their silent cries, salute their courage and promise to be the shield of the Jewish people and its nation Israel.
Eshel later explained that "We're talking about a personal dream of
15 years ... This is the most significant expression of the rebirth of
this nation. As the IAF, we are the most concrete expression of the
might of the Jewish people and there's no one better than us to
express it". The Israeli delegation had been in Poland on the
occasion of the
Polish Air Force
In 2004 Eshel became head of the IAF's Air Group, commanding all
operational assets and in January 2006 was appointed IAF Chief of
Staff, a role he filled during the
2006 Lebanon War
On March 27, 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Major General and appointed head of the IDF's Planning Directorate. He replaced Ido Nehoshtan , which had just been appointed Commander in Chief of the IAF. On February 5, 2012, Eshel was announced as Nehoshtan's successor as Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force, when the latter completed his tenure in May 2012. The other candidates were the Military Secretary to the Prime Minister , Maj. Gen. Yochanan Locker , and IAF Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Nimrod Sheffer .
Eshel is married and a father of three. He holds a degree in economics from Auburn University , Alabama, and a degree in political science from the University of Haifa ’s National Security Studies Center.
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