Eliezer Shkedi, the fifteenth Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force, was born in Israel on 16th August 1957, and grew up in Hod HaSharon and Kfar Saba. He enlisted in the IDF in 1975 and volunteered for Flight School, from which he graduated with honours as a fighter pilot in 1977.
After completing an operational training course, and a year of service as a Skyhawk ("Ayit") pilot, he was re-trained for the Mirage aircraft (both the "Shahak" and the "Nesher"), and served on the Eitam Airbase in Sinai.
In 1980, Shkedi took part in the first F-16 "Netz" retraining course based in Israel, and served as a pilot in the "1st Jet" Squadron, based on the Ramat David Airbase.
In 1981, Shkedi was assigned to the Flight School at Hatzerim Airbase and served as an instructor and course commander for the advanced stage of fighter pilot training.
After completing his time as an instructor, Shkedi was sent to study for a bachelor's degree at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
In 1986, he was appointed as second-in-command of a Skyhawk ("Ayit") Squadron and served in the Nevatim Airbase, which is in the Negev.
In 1987, Shkedi was appointed to a team to establish a double-seater, F-16D ("Barak") squadron, the first of its kind in Israel, known as the "1st Combat" Squadron. He served on the Hatzor Airbase as the second-in-command of the squadron.
In 1989, he was placed in charge of the fighter pilot course, in the Flight School on the Hatzerim Airbase, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In 1991 Shkedi headed up a team which established the "Emek" Squadron, an F-16D ("Barak") squadron based in Ramat David. He was the commander of the squadron until 1993.
In 1993, he was made the head of the Combat Branch, in the Operations Department. He became head of the Operations Department a year later, in 1994, and was promoted to the rank of colonel.
On completing his service as department head, Shkedi was sent to study for a master's degree in the US.
In 1998, Shkedi was appointed as the commander of the Ramat David Airbase.
In July 2000, he was promoted to brigadier general, and became the head of the Air Group.
In February 2002, Shkedi was appointed head of Air Force Headquarters.
On 4th April 2002, he was appointed Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force and was promoted to the rank of major general.
During his years of service in the IAF, Major General Shkedi accumulated more than three thousand hours of flight time, on a number of airplanes and helicopters, participated as a pilot, a planner and active participant in many operations. He downed two enemy aircraft in Operation Peace for the Galilee.
Major General Shkedi has a bachelor's degree (with honours) in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev and a master's degree (with honours) in Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, USA.
In May 2005, Shkedi received the Legion of Merit from General John P. Jumper, then commander of the United States Air Force.
Major General Shkedi is married to Dr. Anat Shkedi, and father to two sons and a daughter.