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Jun 23, 2011


Orna Barbivai is the first woman in IDF history to receive the rank of Major General.

Brig. Gen. Orna Barbivai was given the rank of Major General and the position of Head of the Human Resources Directorate in a formal ceremony at the Chief of Staff's offices in Tel Aviv on Thursday (June 23). Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, director general of the Ministry of Defense, members of the General Staff Forum and family members all participated.
Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai is the first woman in the history of the IDF to attain the rank of Major General and will be replacing Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir, who is ending his military service after 35 years in the IDF.
Maj. Gen. Barbivai was drafted to the IDF in 1981 to the Manpower and Personnel Corps and served in many positions throughout her military career including being the first commander of the Corps, making her the first woman commander in charge of a Corps not strictly comprised of women.
She has received a Bachelor's degree in humanities from Ben Gurion University and an MBA in Business Management from the University of Derby in Israel, among taking other courses. She is a mother of three.

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