C4I Corps

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The C4I Corps (Hebrew: חיל התקשוב‎, Heyl HaTikshuv), or Teleprocessing Corps, is a combat support corps of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) under the command of the Teleprocessing Branch, formerly the Computer Service Directorate. The C4I Corps is responsible for all areas of teleprocessing and communications in the IDF. The corps commander is known as the Chief Teleprocessing Officer and is an officer with the rank of "Tat Aluf", equivalent to a Brigadier General in the United States Army. The current commander of the Corps, since September 2011, is Tat Aluf Eyal Zelinger.

History[edit]

Memorial to the Communications Corps's fallen in Yehud

The Haganah Communications Service was established in 1937 and in the same year the first Morse Code radio operators’ course was held. At that time in the British Mandate, they operated 12 underground broadcasting stations. In 1938 they brought 150 carrier pigeons to the country. In 1939 the first broadcast station run by the Etzel, also known as the Irgun, was activated. The first communications officer course was held in 1947, and in the time of the Jerusalem blockade, radio communication equipment was installed on Palmach armored vehicles that went up to the city.

After the establishment of the State of Israel and the IDF, the Communications Corps was established on October 14, 1948.

With the establishment of the Computer Service Directorate in 2003, the C4I Corps became one of its subordinate units, but in 2005 as part of comprehensive organizational changes in the Ground Forces Command, the C4I Corps together with the Ordnance Corps, Logistics Corps, and Adjutant Corps became subordinate elements of that headquarters. In 2007 it was decided to return the C4I Corps to the Computer Service Directorate and over the course of the year 2008 the decision was implemented.

Commanders[edit]

Name Tenure Notes
Ya'akov Yanai November 1945 – November 1949
Yitzhak Almog November 1949 – August 1954
Ariel Amiad August 1954 – September 1957
Yishayahu Lavi September 1957 – June 1962 Corps name changed to Communications and Electronics Corps
Zalman Shalev June 1962 – August 1966
Moshe Gidron August 1966 – August 1972 First commander with the rank of brigadier general
Shlomo Inbar August 1972 – October 1975
Yisrael Zamir October 1975 – August 1979
Zvi Amid August 1979 – September 1982
Moti Dagan September 1982 – September 1986
Benny Meidan September 1986 – May 1990
Shlomo Waks May 1990 – September 1993
Avihu Distelman September 1993 – September 1996
Herzl Hallali September 1996 – July 1999
Moshe Markowitz July 1999 – August 2002
Arnon Zuaretz August 2002 – September 2005 Name changed to C4I Corps
Shmulik Keinan September 2005 – September 2008 [1]
Nahum Baslo September 2008 – September 2011 [2]
Eyal Zelinger September 2011 – [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Position Changes in Ga'ash Formation and Teleprocessing Directorate". Israel Defense Forces. September 22, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2011.  (Hebrew)
  2. ^ "Appointments Ceremony and Granting of Colonel and Brigadier General Ranks". Israel Defense Forces. August 25, 2008. Retrieved September 16, 2011.  (Hebrew)
  3. ^ Bamahane (Edition 3102): p. 24. September 16, 2011.  (Hebrew)

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