A special urban training exercise took place about a year after the founding of the Oz Brigade, the new IDF commando brigade that includes the military’s most elite forces: Maglan, Duvdevan, Egoz, and Rimon. Oz Brigade Commander Colonel David Zini said, “I think this sends a strong message about Israel’s security and especially to our enemies.”
The Oz Brigade, the IDF’s new commando brigade, held this past week its third training exercise since its founding last December. The drill involved many missions, beginning in northern Tel Aviv and ending in the Galilee and Golan Heights. With the completion of this drill, the brigade became operational.
The commando brigade was established as part of the multi-year program “Gideon” with the intention of creating a cutting edge unit within the IDF. Under Colonel David Zini’s command, the brigade includes the following IDF’s elite ground force units: Maglan, Duvdevan, Egoz, and Rimon.
Commando brigade takes over the streets of Tel Aviv Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News
During the past year, the commando brigade went through a significant journey operationally and organizationally. The brigade held many training exercises that included unit and divisional training and tests in order to certify as commando combat soldier. Also during the year, the following units were added to the commando brigade division: a new military medical unit, a technology development unit and reserve units for Maglan and Duvdevan. In addition, the process of establishing headquarters for the division is still being completed.
The new brigade unites elite forces under one umbrella Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News
“This week includes various paths and configurations,” said Zini to his soldiers on the eve of their training exercise. “We, the commando combat soldiers, must always be able to quickly switch between different combat formations during changing situations. We have outstanding soldiers led by commanders with the utmost professional values, control and integrity who are able to withstand any challenge they may face. I am proud to be a part of this group and I think this sends a strong message about Israel’s security and especially to our enemies.”
Ready and deadly – a one of a kind brigade Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit/Channel 2 News