The First NBC Nuclear Biological and Chemical Battalion in the IDF Israeli army Defence Forces
Military News - Israel
Friday, 17 December 2010, 11:40 AM
The First NBC Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Battalion in the IDF Israeli army Defence Forces.
The IDF’s (Israeli Army Defence Forces) first NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) Defense Battalion was officially established on Tuesday (Dec. 12). The battalion was created out of the previous "Yanshuf" unit, which specialized in NBC warfare and has been around for many years. It will now be officially recognized as a regular combat battalion.
The IDF’s first NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) Defense Battalion was officially established on Tuesday (Dec. 12, 2010).
The battalion’s inauguration ceremony took place during the course of its first regimented drill, which took place the week of Tuesday (Dec. 12). As part of the drill, companies practiced finding chemical substances in both urban and rural area, even working with elite unit from the Combat Engineering Corps,Yahalom.
Commander of Army Headquarters, Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman, wished the soldiers happy tidings for two reasons - both for the inauguration of the battalion and for Hanukkah. "We're located in the southern Golan Heights, not far from us the Syrians are diligently developing warring capabilities we must prepare for," said Maj. Gen. Turgeman. "Our job is not to prepare for conventional occurrences, but rather to prepare for the extreme event, and the ‘Yanshuf’ Battalion is the spearhead for this defense. You have been given great responsibility. A very professional unit with great combat spirit is being developed here."
The IDF inaugurated its first NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) battalion on December 12, 2010.
Head of the military's NBC Center, Col. Ari Hoze, has dreamed of this moment for many years. "There is one official NBC battalion serving as a compass for the rest of the army and now our responsibility is to prove ourselves. In 2009, we completed a two-year period of continuous operational activity in the southern border. Due to our unique steadfastness, the battalion withstood professional challenges and sustained a high moral."
Col. Hoze spoke about changes made over the past year as a result of the unit becoming a battalion. "Efforts to extend the NBC combat’s course began, company commanders now go through a course with the rest of the infantry units. All this thanks to the GOC Army Headquarters’ recognition of the unit and its importance."
Lt. Col. Ofir Ben David, "Yanshuf" Battalion commander, could not conceal his excitement. "We, the commanders and fighters of the unit, were given the opportunity to be part of this innovative process, during which we are designing the battalion's genetic code. Being a pioneer is not only a privilege but also a big responsibility, especially since we are the only regular army NBC battalion responsible for preparing all NBC arrangements in the ground forces."