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In first, female officer becomes president’s military secretary

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

President Isaac Herzog (left) and IDF chief Aviv Kohavi (right) award Naama Rosen-Grimberg the rank of brigadier general at the President's Residence, July 31, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)
President Isaac Herzog (left) and IDF chief Aviv Kohavi (right) award Naama Rosen-Grimberg the rank of brigadier general at the President's Residence, July 31, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)

For the first time in Israel’s history, a woman enters the role of military secretary to the president’s office.

Brig. Gen. Naama Rosen replaces Brig. Gen. Alaa Abu Rokun, who has served in the role for the past three years, during a ceremony at the President’s Residence this evening.

“Naama, you are making history here today. The first woman in a sensitive and important security position, and you got here by merit alone,” President Isaac Herzog says in remarks provided by his office.

“Thanks to you, thanks to your skills, your abilities, your achievements, and the status you have carved out for yourself in a variety of roles in the Israel Defense Forces in general and the intelligence branch in particular,” he says.

“We are very happy to welcome you into the family of the President’s Residence,” Herzog adds.

“It is a great privilege for me to serve and work alongside the president, a man who made it his goal to unite Israeli society and works tirelessly for the future of the country and the Jewish people,” Rosen says.

Forty-year-old Rosen has served in the IDF for 22 years, serving as IDF Central Command’s chief intelligence officer for the past two, also a first for a female officer.

She has served in the Military Intelligence Directorate for many years.

Rosen, from central Israel, is married and has two children. She holds several academic degrees in Middle Eastern history.

Abu Rokun is retiring from the IDF after 32 years.

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