Inauguration of General Jeong Kyeong Doo as the 35th Chief of Staff of the Air Force
- Passing of command from the 34th Chief of Staff to the 35th on Sept. 17th(Thu) in the Gyeryongdae drill ground
- Newly established Chief of Staff Jeong, “to focus all abilities on building a powerful elite Air Force that faces the present and prepares for the future.“
The inauguration ceremony of the 35th Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Jeong Kyeong Doo(55, Air Academy 30th promotion) and the leaving from office as well as retirement ceremony of the 34th Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Choi Cha Kyu were held in the morning of September 17th(Thu) in the Gyeryongdae grand drill ground under the auspices of the Minister of National Defense Han Min-goo and in the presence of military dignitaries, previous Chief of Staffs, families and friends.
The 35th Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Jeong, previously held critical positions in the military such as Commander of the 1st Combat Wing, Southern Combat Commander, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Chief Director of Planning of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is well-versed in the various fields of Air power construction and operations, and is known to be a true leader of men that motivates and bolsters initiative in the men under his command.
The new Chief of Staff was entrusted with the flag of the Air Force -symbol of command of all the Air Force- from Minister Han, and was thus given the important task of protecting the airspace of the Republic of Korea.
In his inauguration speech, General Jeong promised to do his “best for the defense of the homeland's airspace" and to "focus all abilities on building a powerful elite Air Force that faces the present and prepares for the future." In that respect, "while conducting the basic mission of assuring a strong level of military combat readiness", General Jeong emphasized the significance of "establishing and applying creative countermeasures to the diversifying provocations of the enemy" to the airmen/women and civil servants of the Air Force.
Moreover he asked that all men from the high ranking officers to privates become one in heart by becoming each one of them an example to be followed by their peers, showing concern to their fellow airmen, and promoting an open and communicative atmosphere to create good conditions of service in the Air Force. Conditions worthy of all airmen's pride and sense of fulfillment.
Meanwhile, the leaving Chief of Staff General Choi wrapped up 40 years of military career and retired with honors.