The female Caracal Battalion soldier who was instrumental in stopping a terrorist incursion from Egypt earlier this year will be awarded a medal by the GOC Southern Command on Tuesday.
GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Russo will award three medals and give two commendations to soldiers for their valiant conduct under fire in two incidents on Israel's southern border this year. The ceremony is to be held at the Gaza Division headquarters.
One notable recipient is a female soldier identified only as Cpl. S., from the mixed-gender Caracal Battalion. She received nationwide praise when she pressed forward against a group of terrorists who infiltrated Israel through the Egyptian border, and in the ensuing firefight took down a terrorist. The terrorist attack claimed the life of Artillery Corps Cpl. Netanel Yahalomi.
The Caracal soldier's mother told Israel Hayom she was filled with pride. "We are very excited [for the ceremony], the whole family is. I am proud of my daughter, proud of my country. She fulfilled her duty as a fighter and prevented a disaster that could have led to the deaths of many soldiers," she said.
Since the incident, Cpl. S. has been in close contact with the family of the fallen soldier Yahalomi.
A staff sergeant in the Caracal Battalion will also be awarded a medal for his role in stopping the terrorist incursion, and a third medal will be awarded to a fighter from the Bedouin Reconnaissance Unit for a different incident in which terrorists used a stolen armored vehicle to break through the Egypt-Israel border.
Officers from the Bedouin Reconnaissance Unit, the Armored Corps and the Aerial Drone Training School will also receive citations for their role in the armored car incident.