For the first time in history, US airmen will be permanently deployed in Israel. The airmen will work from a special military base that has been set up within an already existing Israeli Air Force base.
US troops Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
Today (Monday), for the first time in history, the US Air Force inaugurated a permanent military base in Israel. The base will be established inside one of the IDF’s already existing Air Force bases used for air defense. Dozens of US airmen will be permanently deployed in Israel.
The troops are part of a US mission in the Middle East and are expected to partake in the operation of air defense systems that will be located throughout Israel during a state of emergency. “The decision expresses the partnership and the strategic commitment between the militaries and the countries,” stated Brigadier General Zvika Haimovich.
Improved Iron Dome defense system Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/ Channel 2 News
Meanwhile, another Iron Dome battalion has been established that will allow the system to be operated from Israeli Navy ships. In addition, new systems will be deployed while older ones will be improved. In February, the traditional military exercise Juniper Cobra between the US and Israel will take place.