The United States Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein visited Israel this week and met the people, divisions and platforms of the IAF with the purpose of preserving and strengthening the strategic cooperation between the countries and forces. In his visit Gen. Goldfein dealt with the growth in the UAV Division and the integration of the F-35 mutual to both forces

Tal Giladi

The United States Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein, landed in Israel this week for the first time since assuming his position. As a part of the visit that was escorted in whole by IAF Commander, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, Gen. Goldfein was exposed to the IAF’s various fields of operation with the purpose of strengthening the strategic cooperation between the forces.

“The USAF Chief of Staff’s decision to visit Israel in his first official trip in office reflects the depth of the mutual alliance between the countries”, emphasized Maj. Roei from the IAF International Relations Unit. “The General has sustained his predecessors’ obligation to the continuity of the fruitful relations between the USAF and IAF”.

USAF Chief of Staff Visits Israel

Photography: Adi Abu

Mutual Growth
During his visit Gen. Goldfein visited Palmahim AFB and was closely acquainted with the UAV Division, where he also dealt with the growth of the division in both forces and the emotional aspects service as a UAV Operator. He also visited the “Defensive Sword” Unit which operates the “Arrow” System which is designed to intercept exoatmospheric ballistic missiles, and experienced a simulator sortie in Hazor AFB’s Advanced Mission Training Center, in which he teamed up with Capt. A, a female WSO.

USAF Chief of Staff Visits Israel

Photography: Tal Giladi

A large portion of the visit focused on the people behind the weapons systems and aircraft. In a mutual combatant discourse lead by Maj. Gen. Eshel and Gen. Goldfein, they met combatants from the IAF’s various divisions, men and women, reserve and emergency positioned personnel. “One of the themes of the conversation was familial heritage, as Gen. Goldfein is a second generation in the USAF and his brother and daughter are also USAF personnel”, shared Maj. Roei who represented the Transport Division in the conversation. “We spoke about the feeling of immediate defense of home that is prominent in the IAF and is not a central characteristic in the US Military”.

USAF Chief of Staff Visits Israel

Photography: Tal Giladi

Most Significant Partner
In the past July a strategic agreement between the Israeli and U.S Air Force was signed last Thursday by Brig. Gen. Tal Kelman, Chief of Air Staff and Maj. Gen. Lawrence M. Martin, Jr., the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs. In the meeting, the two institutionalized the cooperation between the forces and signed a mutual work plan for 2017, with the crowning jewel being the F-35 that is being integrated in both forces.

“This is a meeting of great strategic importance with our most significant partner. In the meeting we promoted all of the cooperative fields with the USAF, while emphasizing the cooperation in preparation of the arrival of the ‘Adir’ (F-35I) in December”, said Brig. Gen. Kelman

The document, Air Senior National Representative, includes many fields and is an annual mechanism for the arrangement of a mutual work plan, from mutual exercises, through aerial medicine and to flight safety. It delineates mutual work principles, with the purpose of strengthening the bond between the forces and deepening the relations between the commanders.

USAF Chief of Staff Visits Israel

Photography: Adi Abu