Russo in Southern Israel, August 2011
|Years of service||1978–|
Russo was born in kibbutz Hulata in northern Israel and drafted into the IDF in 1978. He served with the Israeli Air Force special forces unit Shaldag until discharged in 1981, but returned in 1982 to command a squad during the 1982 Lebanon War. That same year he received his officer's ranks, and then continued to advance up the chain of command, spending much of his early career in the special forces.
During the 2006 Lebanon War Russo served as the Assistant of the Head of the Operations Directorate in special missions. In October 2006 Chief of Staff Dan Halutz recommended Russo to replace Operations Directorate head Gadi Eizenkot, who had been promoted to head of Northern Command. Russo's promotion was subsequently approved by Defense Minister Amir Peretz.
- IDF Profile
- Harel, Amos. "Tal Russo promoted to major general, made IDF's chief of operations", Haaretz, October 4, 2006.
- "GOC Southern Command: Proud to command Givati Brigade". IDF Spokesperson. February 21, 2013.