Israel president taps first woman officer as military secretary

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Israel's President Isaac Herzog (left) and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi award Naama Rosen the rank of brigadier general as she is appointed first female military secretary to the Israeli president at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on July 31, 2022. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

“You are making history, and you have made it this far on your own merit,” said Israeli President Isaac Herzog of Brig. Gen. Naama Rosen.

 Brig. Gen. Naama Rosen, 40, was appointed the first female military secretary to the Israeli president on Sunday during a ceremony in Jerusalem at the presidential residence.

Rosen, who was promoted to brigadier general as part of the move, replaces Brig. Gen. Alaa Abu Rochan, who served in the position for the past three years.

“You are making history, and you have made it this far on your own merit,” said Israel’s President Isaac Herzog during the ceremony.

“Thanks to you—thanks to your skills, your abilities, your achievements and the status you have carved out for yourself in a variety of roles in the Israel Defense Forces, in general, and the intelligence branch, in particular,” he stated.

The appointment ceremony was attended by IDF  Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and other military brass from the IDF General Staff Forum.

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