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Air Force gets new commander in Cabinet reshuffle

2018/02/26 22:14:11

Chang Che-ping (張哲平)/Photo courtesy of Ministry of National Defense

Taipei, Feb. 26 (CNA) Air Force Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Chang Che-ping (張哲平) is set to be promoted to the position of commander beginning on March 1, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday.

Chang will succeed the current chief, Air Force Commander Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), who is taking over as deputy defense minister in the latest Cabinet reshuffle that mostly affected Taiwan's defense, security, and diplomatic agencies.

The announcement was made on Monday after the government released a statement on Feb. 23 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, also effective March 1.

Chang graduated from Taiwan's Air Force Academy in 1982 and National Defense University in 1993. He was once head of the Hsinchu-based 499th Tactical Fighter Wing, and later became head of the Air Force Combatant Command in 2015, according to the MND.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Ko Lin)