Gadi Shamni

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Gadi Shamni
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Born 1959
Jerusalem, Israel
Allegiance Israel Israel
Years of service 1977—
Rank Aluf
Commands held Paratroopers Brigade, Infantry Corps, Gaza Division, Central Command
Battles/wars First Lebanon War, Second Lebanon War

Aluf Gadi Shamni (born 1959) in Jerusalem is a general in the Israel Defense Forces and formerly Israel's military attaché in the United States, IDF central command commander and the military secretary to prime minister Ariel Sharon and Ehoud Olmert.

In 1977 Shamni was drafted into the Paratroopers Brigade, which he stayed in for much of his early career. shamni was a company commander during the first Lebanon war in 1982, he commanded the paratropers reconnaissance unit (Sayeret Hatsanhanim), commanded a paratroopers battalion, the regional brigade of Hebron and a reserve brigade. in 1999 he became the paratroopers brigade commander. In 2001 he was promoted to Brigadier General and became the chief of infantry, in 2003 he was nominated to be the comanding General of the Gaza Division and in 2004 he was the head of the operations division in IDF headquarters. in 2005 he was promoted to the rank of major general when he became the Military Secretary to the Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In May 2007 Shamni was appointed head of Central Command, replacing Yair Nave. In October 2009 he became Israel's military attaché in the United States. He left the military in 2013.

Shamni has studied at the IDF Command and Staff College and the United States Army War College, and has received a BA in economics and political science and an MA in national security. Shamni also graduated from the U.S. Army Special Forces course the class of 1984.

Shamni is married to Hadas and have four children.

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