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ISRAELI GENERAL TO SPEAK

CHARLESTON, S.C.(Mar. 6)--Maj. Gen. Giora Romm, Israel's Defense and Armed Forces Attache, will address the Corps of Cadets as a Greater Issues Speaker at 10 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 11, at McAlister Field House on The Citadel's campus. The address is free and the public is invited to attend.

     Prior to starting his current assignment as Israel's Defense and Armed Forces Attache in 1991, Romm was deputy commander of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) for two years and was in charge of coordinating all activities between Israel and the United States during Desert Storm.

     Romm enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in 1962 and began training at the Air Force Flight School. He completed fighter pilot training two years later and flew Super Mystere and Mirage aircraft.

     During 1967-1969, Romm served as a flight instructor at the Air Force Flight School. In 1969, during the War of Attrition, his plane was hit and fell into Egyptian captivity. The Egyptians returned Romm to Israel three months later due to the serious injuries he suffered from the plane's downing.

     Romm returned to flying after a two-year recovery period and was appointed commander of the Skyhawk Fighter Jet Squadron prior to the Yom Kippur War in 1971. After completing his squadron command, Romm was appointed to a position at Air Force Headquarters handling intelligence matters.

     Romm received a bachelor of arts degree in economics and social sciences from Bar-Ilan University. In 1982, Romm received a master of business administration degree with a concentration in statistics and operations research, from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

     Romm commanded two Israeli Air Force bases, Ramon Air Force Base and Tel Nof Air Force Base, during the period 1982-1987. He was assistant to the deputy chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 1987 to 1989. Romm has flown several types of aircraft in the IAF, including F-15, F-16, F-4, A-4, Cobra and CH-53 helicopters, and a variety of piston-engined aircraft.

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