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Air Force chief appointed as new chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Updated: 2017-08-09 04:02:37 KST

President Moon Jae-in has appointed Air Force chief General Jeong Kyeong-doo as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a major military reshuffle that includes six other key appointments.

""The government has appointed a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a chairman of the Army and Air Force, a deputy commander of Combined Forces Command and three Army Corps commanders.

The personnel changes was made to better counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threats as well as to initiate military reform."

The Defense Ministry said General Jeong was selected as a candidate suitable to reform the armed forces after taking into account his background in combined and joint operations.

Experts say the major reshuffle is a reflection the president's determination to reform a military hierarchy traditionally dominated by the Army.

"For the first time both the defense minister and the chairman of the JCS are from the Navy and Air Force. For the past forty years, the military focused on the Army and its conventional forces, so it was difficult to deal with North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. It's better to have the Navy and Air Force in charge of countering those threats and initiate government plans for a military reform."

General Jeong's appointment was approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, and the National Assembly will soon schedule a confirmation hearing.


""If approved, Jeong will replace current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Lee Sun-jin, and will become the first JCS chairman from the Air Force in 23 years."

Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.

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