Major General Ido Nechushtan, Commander of the Israel Air Force
Major General Ido Nechushtan
Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan Photo: IDF Spokesperon

Major General Nechushtan was born in 1957 in Jerusalem, where he was raised and educated.

  • 1975: Enlisted in the IAF.
  • 1977: Graduated from the combat pilot course with honors.

His career as a fighter pilot began with operational training at the Etzion airbase in Sinai, and continued as he piloted Skyhawk, Phantom, and F-16 fighters, as a flight school instructor, and as a member of the Air Force's aerobatics team. 

Throughout his career Major General Nachushtan has filled a series of command and headquarters positions:

  • Command of an F-16 "Netz" squadron at Ramon airbase, including readiness during the first Gulf War and the establishment of a new program for advanced operational training.
  • Establishment and command of "Barak 2" F-16 squadron at Hatzor airbase, including selection of new aircraft and development of unique nighttime capabilities and precise guided weapons.
  • Head of munitions branch within weaponry section of Air Force staff.
  • Head of Air Force staff's planning and organization section.
  • Commander of Air Force's Hatzor airbase.
  • Head of Intelligence Group.
  • Head of Air Force Operations.
  • Air Force Chief of Staff.

Major General Nachushtan also holds a degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.B.A. in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago and Tel Aviv University's Recanati School of Business Administration.  He is also a graduate of Harvard University's Advanced Management Program.


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