IDF names first female commander of air defense battalion

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Lt. Col. Revital Barzani. (Israel Defense Forces)
Lt. Col. Revital Barzani. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli Air Force chief Amikam Norkin names the military’s first female commander of an air defense battalion, Lt. Col. Revital Barzani, who will lead a David’s Sling battalion.

Barzani enlisted in the IDF in 2004, serving in a variety of air defense positions over the past 17 years, commanding a Hawk air defense battery, as well as an Iron Dome missile defense battery during the 2012 Gaza campaign Operation Pillar of Defense.

She currently serves as commander of an administrative unit in the Israeli Air Force’s 168th Squadron.

She will soon move to the air force’s 66th Battalion, which operates the medium-range David’s Sling missile defense system and monitors ballistic missile threats, the military says.

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