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Israeli Women Army Celebrates First-Ever Female Major General

 DM Ehud Barak looks on as Israel's First-Ever Female Maj. Gen. Orna Barbibay receives new ranks from Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and her husband.

Today, the IDF is proud to welcome its first-ever female Major General Orna Barbivai, who was promoted as commander of the Manpower Directorate. Her rank is the IDF’s second-highest, directly reporting to Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, IDF chief of staff. Barbivai has served in the IDF for 30 years, devoting her entire army career to the directorate.

Making history as the IDF’s first-ever female Maj. Gen., Barbivai replaced past commander Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir, who is headed for retirement. She will become the second woman to serve on the Chief of Staff’s General Staff. Barbivai received the rank in the presence of Lt. Gen. Gantz, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and members of the General Staff Forum.

Barbivai 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. She is a mother of three.

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