The newly trained soldiers of the IDF’s top search and rescue unit â€“ the Israel Air Force’s Extrication and Evacuation Unit, known as Unit 669 â€“ received their unit wing pins Sunday. In his address to the newly inducted warriors, the highly revered unit’s commander, Lt.-Col. Avinoam, hinted that they would soon find themselves far from Israel’s borders.
“The State of Israel is facing a multitude of challenges, and we will be required to operate in places where we have not had to operate in the past,â€ he said. â€œYour opening conditions will always be tough, but you must remember â€“ in our mission we must not fail, because there is no second chance.â€
While the remarks were purposely cryptic, they could be taken as referring to possible missions in Syria or Iran.
The ceremony marking the end of a grueling 74-week training course took place at the Shilat Cliffs near Modiin.
IAF Commander Major General Ido Nechushtan told the soldiers: â€œThe wings are the finish line of a long track in which you have learned a variety of skills. You have joined us in a very meaningful time for the State pf Israel â€“ one in which Hamas grows stronger and Iran goes nuclear; one in which the Air Force must be prepared for a variety of complex scenarios.â€Â Â Â
In an interview with the IDF Website, Nechushtan praised 669′s abilities. â€œThe unit is called up to unique missions hundreds of times a year, and the mission is always in difficult circumstances. And yet, I trust them very much. They save people from dangerous situations hundreds of times a year.â€Â (IsraelNationalNews.com)