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Israel Air Force chief receives medal

April 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 15 (UPI) -- Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit by the United States, officials said.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz presented Nehushtan with the medal last week in Washington in recognition of the cooperation Israel provided the United States in battling terrorists in the Middle East, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.

"General Nehushtan's exemplary performance, dynamic leadership and exceptional devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, the Israeli Air Force and his country," a certificate accompanying the medal said.

Nehushtan, who is scheduled to end his tenure as head of Israel's air force and step down at the end of the month, met with Schwartz and other top U.S. military officials while in the United States for a farewell visit.

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