Base visit with Washington Group
Members of the Washington area went to Israel and visited a base. It was a memorable experience for all as well as a special opportunity to meet and greet with the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting the State of Israel. The group was shown the Valley of Tears and its strategic importance to Israel. In the Yom Kippur War
of 1973, Mount Bental was the site of one of the largest tank battles in history.
Israel knew it could not risk losing this mountain, nor any of the Golan Heights
. The Syrians attacked the Golan with 1,500 tanks and 1,000 artillery pieces. Israel countered with only 160 tanks and 60 artillery pieces. The Syrians eventually retreated, but not without inflicting heavy casualties on Israel.
The group is briefed by an officer given a tour and observation at
Mount Ben Tal (Valley of Tears). This is a strategic mountain for the
State of Israel won from the Yom Kippur War of 1973.
Here we visited the training field, meeting with the battalion
commander who was injured in the second Lebanon War. He explained
about the exercise and his personal story. Visitors had time to have
conversation with the soldiers of the Company.
Participants proudly displaying medals from the Battalion given to them as gifts. If you are interested in going on a base visit please contact the office at 301-556-5100 for more information.
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