Amikam Norkin

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Amikam Norkin
Amikam Norkin at JC-18 DV day (40742694311) (cropped).jpg
Commander of the Israeli Air Force
Assumed office
August 10, 2017
Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu
IDF ChiefGadi Eizenkot
Preceded byAmir Eshel
Personal details
Born (1966-12-20) December 20, 1966 (age 52)
Beit She'arim, Israel
Alma materUniversity of Haifa
Military service
Allegiance Israel
Branch/service Israeli Air Force
Years of service1984–present
RankIAF aluf.svg Major General
Commands133 Squadron
253 Squadron
Tel Nof Airbase
IAF Chief of Air Staff
IDF Planning Directorate
Israeli Air Force
Battles/wars2006 Lebanon War

Aluf Amikam Norkin (Hebrew: עמיקם נורקין‎; born December 20, 1966) is an Israeli general and current commander of the Israeli Air Force. Before his selection to succeed Amir Eshel as commander of the IAF, Norkin served as head of the IDF Planning Directorate.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Norkin was born in Beit She'arim to olim of Romanian origin. He was drafted in the IDF Armour Corps in 1984, and graduated from the IAF Flight Academy as a fighter pilot in July 1987. In 1988, he joined the "Knights of the Twin Tail" Squadron and became the youngest F-15 pilot in the world. In the beginning of the 90s, he flew the Kurnass 2000 variant of the F-4 Phantom II out of Hatzerim, and participated in bombing sorties during Operation Accountability. A number of years later, Norkin was appointed First Deputy Squadron Commander of the "Golden Eagle" Squadron and participated in Operation Grapes of Wrath. His next position was Head of the IAF Operations Department. Between 1999 and 2002 Norkin was Commander of the "Knights of the Twin Tail" Squadron. In 2003 he was chosen to integrate the IAF's new F-16I aircraft as Commander of the "Negev" Squadron.

From 2009 to 2012, Norkin, now a Brigadier General, acted as Commander of Tel Nof AFB, and was appointed Head of IAF Training & Doctrine Division in 2012. In August 2014, he was appointed IAF Chief of Air Staff until June 2015, when he was promoted to the rank of Major General and was appointed Head of the IDF Planning Directorate.

On August 10th, 2017, Norkin was appointed Commander of the IAF,[3] replacing Major General Amir Eshel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bachner, Michael (November 3, 2016). "Lieberman appoints new IDF deputy chief of staff, Air Force commander". ynetnews. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Ahronheim, Anna (August 10, 2017). "IDF Appoints new Air Force Commander". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, IDF promotes officers who think outside the box, but still follow the line, The Jerusalem Post, June 18, 2018.