Gen. Aviv Kochavi as Commander of the Northern Command
|Service/branch||Israel Defense Forces|
|Years of service||1982–|
|Commands held||101st "Peten" (Elapidae) paratroop battalion, reserve Paratrooper Brigade, Paratroopers Brigade, 98th Paratroopers Division, Gaza Division, the Operations Division of the IDF's Operations Directorate, Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, Northern Command|
Major General Aviv Kochavi (Hebrew: אביב כוכבי; born 1964) is an Israel Defense Forces officer and the current Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces. He was the commander of the Gaza Division during the unilateral disengagement, and until recently was the head of the Northern Command. Between November 2010 and September 2014 Kochavi served as the Military Intelligence Director.
Kochavi was drafted into the IDF in 1982. He volunteered as a paratrooper in the Paratroopers Brigade. He served as a soldier and a squad leader. In 1985 he became an infantry officer after completing Officer Candidate School and returned to the Paratroopers Brigade as a platoon leader. During his career Kochavi led the Brigade's Anti-tank company and later the 101st "Peten" (Elapidae) paratroop battalion in counter-guerrilla operations in South Lebanon. Afterwards he commanded a Regional Brigade in South Lebanon and a reserve Paratrooper Brigade. Kochavi led the 35th Paratroopers Brigade during the Second Intifada, including Operation Defensive Shield.
Afterwards he commanded the 98th Paratroopers Division and the Gaza Division. Later he was the head of the Operations Division of the IDF's Operations Directorate and the chief of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, including during Operation Pillar of Defense and Operation Protective Edge. In November 2014 he was appointed as the commander of the Northern Command.
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