The award ceremony at Hatzerim Air Base
The award ceremony at Hatzerim Air BaseIsrael Dog Unit Public Relations

In a ceremony held at the Hatzerim air base in Southern Israel, Major R., commander of one of the base's squadrons, presented the Israel Dog Unit (IDU) with a certificate of appreciation for their part in an IAF escape and evasion exercise.

The exercise took place over the course of four days in the harsh terrain of the Arava desert in southern Israel.

The certificate reads "With great appreciation and respect for the Israel Dog Unit, for your part in the escape exercise and your contribution to training the next generation of Israel's air crews."

IDU director Yekutiel Ben-Yaakov commented: "We are happy to improve cooperation with other forces and organizations, which help the vital national effort of thwarting terrorist action and locating missing persons - the two main areas that the IDU deals with. We consider ourselves privileged to work with soldiers who are highly motivated to do what is necessary to protect the citizens of Israel."