Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford awards IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot with the Legion of Merit for “exceptionally meritorious service,” outside the Pentagon, an army spokesperson says.
The award was a “surprise,” the IDF says.
Dunford presents Eisenkot with the Legion of Merit, commander degree, following an honor guard ceremony outside the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
Eisenkot is in the United States to meet with members of the American military, as well as check on the developments in the completion of a fleet of F-35 fighter jets, which are due to be delivered later this year.
The commander degree is the second highest level of the award, following chief commander.
— Judah Ari Gross