A demonstration of a joint combat exercise took place today, Tuesday October 12th, 2010, at the IDF (Zahal) base in Shizafon. The IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz, and the Chief of the Ground Forces, Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman, attended the event. Senior ground forces officers also participated in the demonstration.
The joint combat exercise demonstration is a display of ground forces capabilities, in which Officers’ Training School cadets from the infantry, engineering, armored, and artillery corps perform exercises that combine various and diverse combat techniques. These included urban warfare, advancing through complex obstacles, using artillery support, and invasion techniques, along with aerial support from the Israel Air Force, which included medical evacuations and aerial re-supplies.
As part of implementing lessons learnt from operations in recent years, the ground forces are engaged in a process of improving interoperability cooperation. This process is incorporated throughout IDF (Zahal) training and in the development of combat doctrine and was demonstrated throughout today’s joint combat exercise demonstration.