Temple Beth David - Commack
Adopting The The Air Force Technical Division!
Who are you the The Air Force Technical Division?
"The squadron’s technical department is responsible for the aircraft's maintenance for each and every sortie at any given time", said Maj. Itzik Dahan, the technical officer at the "First Jet" Squadron at Ramat-David AFB, which operates "Barak" (F-16B/C) aircraft. "Each aircraft is our responsibility, and no sorties are possible without the technical department’s preliminary preparations. The technicians arm the aircraft and ensure the propriety of its systems, with the pre-sortie preparations taking up two hours at a time. The aircraft are located in the HAS (Hardened Aircraft Shelter), which is where we're situated during routine. When on ready-alert, some technicians sleep in their uniforms so they can be prepared for action as soon as they're alerted. Ramat-David is the IAF's northernmost airbase, which means that we are trusted with security of the northern theatre. We maintain a high alert state in order to prepare the aircraft for the next sortie as quickly as possible".
Hard Work Pays Off
The IAF's technicians undergo a two-month training period at the Technical School, after which they're dispersed across their respective squadrons. The technicians are able to follow several different courses, whether as aircraft mechanics or as munitioneers. "Every day, we feel that our hard work pays off", concluded Corporal Malka. "I know that the aircrew took off, performed its mission successfully and landed safely all thanks to our work".
What do you do?
Before every takeoff and after every landing, IAF technicians work on the aircraft and prepare it for the next sortie, taking care of every little detail in order to ensure the aircrew members' safety. They are a part of the Technical Division, which spreads across every squadron in the IAF, and are responsible for routine maintenance of the squadrons' aircraft. Alongside the aircrew members, they comprise the squadron's operational routine.