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Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF)
대한민국 공군참모총장
Flag of the Republic of Korea Air Force.svg
Air Force (ROKAF) General Lee Wang-keun 공군대장 이왕근 (UNC - CFC - USFK photo 170928-A-CD114-1082 69th ROK Armed Forces Day).jpg
Incumbent
General Lee Wang-keun

since August 2017
Ministry of National Defense
Member of Joint Chiefs of Staff
Inaugural holder Lieutenant General Kim Chung-yul
Formation 1949

The Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Air Force (Korean: 대한민국 공군참모총장, Hanja: 大韓民國空軍參謀總長), is the professional head of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) since its foundation in 1949, originally held by a Lieutenant General,[1] then by an Four-star General since 1968.[2][3]

The duty of the Chief of Staff is to direct and supervise the Air Force (not including operation units) by order of the Minister of National Defense according to Article 10, Act on the Organization of National Armed Forces.[4] The appointment of the Chief of Staff, along with its Army counterpart, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is referred to the State Council of South Korea for deliberation according to Article 89, Constitution of South Korea.[5]

List of the ROKAF Chiefs of Staff[edit | edit source]

No. Portrait Name Name in Hangul Rank Term of Office Ref.
1 Sadao Kagawa, Ki-61.jpg Kim Chung-yul 김정렬 Lieutenant General 1 October 1949 ~ 14 November 1952
2 공군중장 최용덕 (Lieutenant General Choi Yong Duk Chief of Staff Republic of Korea Air Force 1953).jpg Choi Yong-duk 최용덕 Lieutenant General 1 December 1952 ~ 19 November 1954
3 Sadao Kagawa, Ki-61.jpg Kim Chung-yul 김정렬 Lieutenant General 1 December 1954 ~ 1 December 1956
4 Air Force (ROKAF) Lieutenant General Jang Duk-chang 空軍中將張德昌 공군중장 장덕창 (19570423 中央日報).png Jang Duk-chang 장덕창 Lieutenant General 1 December 1956 ~ 1 December 1958
5 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Kim Chang-kyu 김창규 Lieutenant General 1 December 1958 ~ 25 July 1960
6 김신circa1976.png Kim Shin 김신 Lieutenant General 1 August 1960 ~ 1 August 1962
7 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Chang Sung-hwan 장성환 Lieutenant General 1 August 1962 ~ 1 August 1964
8 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Park Won-Seok 박원석 Lieutenant General 1 August 1964 ~ 1 August 1966
9 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Chang Chi-ryang 장지량 Lieutenant General 1 August 1966 ~ 1 August 1968
10 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Kim Sung-yong 김성룡 General 1 August 1968 ~ 1 August 1970 First Chief of Staff to reach the rank of General (since 1968)[2][3]
11 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Kim Too-man 김두만 General 1 August 1970 ~ 24 August 1970
12 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Ock Man-ho 옥만호 General 25 August 1971 ~ 1 August 1974
13 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Choo Young-bock 주영복 General 1 August 1974 ~ 13 April 1979
14 Air Force (ROKAF) General Yoon Ja-jung 공군대장 윤자중 (Korean Air Force GEN Eung Yul Yoon, right, is welcomed upon his arrival in the United States for a visit).jpeg Yoon Ja-jung 윤자중 General 18 April 1979 ~ 10 March 1981
15 Air Force (ROKAF) General Lee Hee-kun 공군대장 이희근 (DN-ST-86-04434).jpg Lee Hee-kun 이희근 General 10 March 1981 ~ 5 June 1982
16 Air Force (ROKAF) General Kim Sang-tae 공군대장 김상태 (GEN Kim Republic of Korea Air Force CHIEF of STAFF, poses with the first runners up in the Fifth Air Force munitions loading competition Sabre Spirit I).jpeg Kim Sang-tae 김상태 General 5 June 1982 ~ 5 June 1984
17 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Kim In-ki 김인기 General 5 June 1984 ~ 5 June 1987
18 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Suh Dong-yul 서동렬 General 5 June 1987 ~ 5 June 1989
19 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Chung Yong-Hoo 정용후 General 5 June 1989 ~ 8 September 1990
20 (Cropped without rank insignia) Air Force (ROKAF) Lieutenant General Han Chu-sok 공군중장 한주석 (DF-ST-90-02686).jpeg Han Chu-sok 한주석 General 8 September 1990 ~ 8 September 1992
21 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Lee Yang-ho 이양호 General 8 September 1992 ~ 27 May 1993
22 (Cropped without rank insignia) Air Force (ROKAF) Lieutenant General Cho Kun-hae 공군중장 조근해 (DF-SN-92-02687).jpeg Cho Kun-hae 조근해 General 27 May 1993 ~ 3 March 1994
23 (Cropped without rank insignia) Air Force (ROKAF) Major General Kim Hong-rae 공군소장 김홍래 (DF-ST-90-06742).jpeg Kim Hong-rae 김홍래 General 8 March 1994 ~ 8 March 1996
24 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Lee Kwang-hak 이광학 General 8 March 1996 ~ 6 March 1998
25 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Park Chun-taek 박춘택 General 6 March 1998 ~ 3 March 2000
26 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Lee Eok-Soo 이억수 General 3 March 2000 ~ 2 March 2002
27 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Kim Dae-wook 김대욱 General 2 March 2002 ~ 11 October 2003
28 (Cropped without rank insignia) Air Force (ROKAF) Lieutenant General Lee Han-ho 공군중장 이한호 (DF-SD-05-00718 Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea).jpeg Lee Han-ho 이한호 General 11 October 2003 ~ 7 October 2005
29 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Kim Sung-il 김성일 General 10 October 2005 ~ 13 April 2007
30 Air-force-personnel-icon.png Kim Eun-ki 김은기 General 13 April 2007 ~ 2 October 2008
31 Air Force (ROKAF) General Lee Gye-hoon 공군대장 이계훈 (공군주요지휘관회의 (7438337344)).jpg Lee Gye-hoon 이계훈 General 2 October 2008 ~ 30 September 2010
32 Air Force (ROKAF) General Park Jong-heon 공군대장 박종헌 (2010.12.16 군 지휘부 (7445960896)).jpg Park Jong-heon 박종헌 General 30 September 2010 ~ 18 April 2012
33 Air Force (ROKAF) General Sung Il-hwan 공군대장 성일환 (United States Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Republic of Korea Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Sung Il-Hwan exchange gifts).JPG Sung Il-hwan 성일환 General 18 April 2012 ~ 11 April 2014
34 Air Force (ROKAF) General Choi Cha-kyu 공군대장 최차규 (2014.10.1 건군 66주년 기념 국군의날 행사 (15415660325)).jpg Choi Cha-kyu 최차규 General 11 April 2014 ~ 17 September 2015
35 Air Force (ROKAF) General Jeong Kyeong-doo 공군대장 정경두 (UNC-CFC-USFK photo 170625-A-HU462-383).jpg Jeong Kyeong-doo 정경두 General 17 September 2015 ~ 11 August 2017
36 Air Force (ROKAF) General Lee Wang-keun 공군대장 이왕근 (UNC - CFC - USFK photo 170928-A-CD114-1082 69th ROK Armed Forces Day).jpg Lee Wang-keun 이왕근 General 11 August 2017 ~

References[edit | edit source]

  1. (in en) Korea Annual 1998 (35th Annual ed.). Yonhap News Agency. 1998. p. 376. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "金成龍 공참총장" (in ko). Kyunghyang Shinmun. 1968-12-25. p. 2. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "金榮寬·金成龍·姜起千장군 大將으로 승진발령" (in ko). Kyunghyang Shinmun. 1968-12-24. p. 1. 
  4. "ACT ON THE ORGANIZATION OF NATIONAL ARMED FORCES" (in ko). Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI). Archived from the original on 2017-07-17. https://archive.is/20170717140650/https://elaw.klri.re.kr/kor_service/lawView.do?lang=ENG&hseq=26880&joseq=JO0002000. 
  5. "Constitution of the Republic of Korea" (in en). Board of Audit and Inspection. Archived from the original on 2016-05-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20160525225425/http://english.bai.go.kr/cmm/fdm/normalFileDown.do?orignlFileNm=ConstitutionoftheRepublicofKorea.doc&flag=bai_eng. 

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