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Defense Ministry gets new deputy chief

2018/02/23 21:18:43

Photo courtesy of Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will get a new deputy chief, Air Force Commander Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), to join with new Defense Minister Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) at the top of the agency.

After the government announced Yen's appointment to the top post earlier Friday, the MND said in a statement later in the day that Shen will take over as vice minister from Pu Tze-chun (蒲澤春), who will become a military strategy advisor to the president, effective March 1.

During Shen's 37-month-stint as Air Force commander, he diligently promoted international military exchanges, joint operations training, and disaster prevention and rescue, and he has the necessary experience to take on his new role, the statement said.

Shen graduated from Taiwan's Air Force Academy in 1979 and the U.S. Air War College in 2002, while Pu graduated from Taiwan's Naval Academy in 1978 and the Naval War College in the United States in 1997, according to the MND.

Meanwhile, Yen, the incumbent secretary-general of the National Security Council, will replace Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) as defense minister on Monday.

The moves were part of a Cabinet reshuffle announced on Friday that mostly affected Taiwan's defense, security, and diplomatic agencies.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and William Yen)