Sept. 1, 2010
Gen. Park Jong-heon, 57, took an oath as the 32nd Korean Air Force chief of staff on Sept. 30.
In a change-of-command ceremony held at Air Force headquarters in Gyeryongdae, South Chungcheong, Defense Minister Kim Tae-young handed over the Air Force flag to Park and gave him the authority the defend Korean airspace as the chief of the Air Force.
Incoming chief of Korean Air Force Gen. Park Jong-heon, far left, and outgoing Gen. Lee Gye-hoon, center, at the change-of-command ceremony held at Air Force headquarters in Gyeryongdae, South Chungcheong, on Sept. 30. By Lee Heon-gu
In his inaugural speech, Park vowed to contribute in improving national status and gain trust from the public by creating strong, reliable and advanced Air Force. He also said that he would develop training program to foster elite Air Force personnel in order to achieve early victory in future security environment and combat situation.
"I will do my best to create fresh Air Force culture by advancing consciousness, attitude and culture," Park said. "I will also take command of the Air Force in rational manner in line with government's aim in forming a fair society."
In particular, new Air Force chief stressed that Air Force have to support Korea's stable development by maintaining the most advanced combat readiness and capabilities to deter enemy's provocations in advance.
"In order to do so, I am going to promote Air Force reform under the defense reform project that the Defense Ministry is implementing with strong will," said Park.
Park praised outgoing Gen. Lee Gye-hoon as a genuine soldier and airman who poured his passion solely on defending Korea's airspace last 40 years.
"I am sure Lee's achievement and courses of his career life will be foundation of advancing Air Force," Park said.
"Space will be the future battlefield that we must control," said he. "I urge you all to become airmen who constantly advances toward vision of Air Force."