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(LEAD) Gov't conducts military reshuffle to enhance readiness posture, boost defense reform

Defense 18:04 November 22, 2018

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SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's government on Thursday conducted a major reshuffle of generals and admirals as part of efforts to enhance its military readiness and facilitate defense reform.

The defense ministry said that Air Force Lt. Gen. Won In-choul, the director of military support at the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), was appointed as deputy JCS chief.

This photo, provided by the defense ministry, shows Lt. Gen. Won In-choul, the newly appointed deputy chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Yonhap)

Lt. Gen. Choi Byeong-hyeok, commander of the Army's 5th Corps, was named the deputy Army chief of staff, while R. Adm. Kwon Heak-min, the ministry's force policy chief, was promoted to vice admiral to serve as the deputy chief of naval operations.

Lt. Gen. Hwang Seong-jin, head of the Air Force Academy, was named the deputy Air Force chief of staff, while Maj. Gen. Kim Jeong-su, head of the Army's intelligence operations, was promoted to lieutenant general to lead the Special Warfare Command.

R. Adm. Park Ki-kyung, currently in charge of JCS exercise and training, was promoted to vice admiral to take charge of the ROK Fleet Command.

"Through the appointments this time, the military will establish a robust mind-set and firm military readiness while maintaining strong discipline and leadership," the ministry said in a press release.

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