Saturday, February 24, 2007

From the Heights of the Golan

The IDF Paratrooper Brigade has wrapped up a massive multi-month exercise with a final exhibition last week on the Golan Heights. The Paratroopers' maneuvers, which were held in conjunction with units from the Air Force, the Armored Corps, Combat Engineering, Artillery, Field Intelligence, and Logistics - were the most extensive and complex in the last six years.

The exercises, which were carried out on the battalion level, included various combat scenarios, among them combat in built-up urban areas, open fields, and mountainous regions. The exercises culminated on Wednesday in "wet" drills, which are live-fire exercises, which were aimed at determining the level of coordination among the various units in combat situations.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz, Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, and other members of the General Staff toured the area and joined dozens of soldiers who congregated at various observation points overlooking the Mt. Shifon ridge to get a view of the exercise's grand finale.

"Our goal was to prepare the warriors to deal with operative challenges that await them in the future together with all the forces that we will combine with in an emergency situation," an army official said.

(Communicated by the IDf Spokeperson)