For first time in Israel’s history, IDF appoints woman commander of Air Force base

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Lt. Col. "Gimmel," the next commander of the Ovda Airbase is seen in an undated photo published by the IDF on March 4, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Lt. Col. "Gimmel," the next commander of the Ovda Airbase is seen in an undated photo published by the IDF on March 4, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

For the first time in Israel’s history, the IDF has appointed a woman to command an Israeli Air Force base.

Lt. Col. “Gimmel” — who can only be identified by her rank and first initial in Hebrew — was nominated by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi to be the next commander of the Ovda Airbase, and she will be promoted to the rank of colonel.

Gimmel drafted to the IAF in 2003 as a transport aircraft pilot. She served in several roles over the years, including as commander of the 122nd Squadron. She most recently served in IAF operations.

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