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S. Korea announces first female two-star general

15:11 November 08, 2019

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- A female South Korean Army brigadier general was promoted on Friday to become the country's first female two-star general, the defense ministry said.

Kang Sun-young, 53, became a major general in a regular reshuffle of top uniformed officers and was appointed by President Moon Jee-in to lead the Army's Aviation Operations Command, the ministry said.

It will also be the first time that a female commander will take the helm of the aviation command, according to the ministry.

"Maj. Gen. Kang has enough ability and professionalism to serve the role," a ministry official said.

Commissioned in 1990, Kang is considered well-versed in air defense maneuvers. Currently, she is the president of the Army Aviation school.

In Friday's reshuffle, two other female officers -- Col. Kim Joo-hee and Col. Jeong Eui-sook -- were also promoted to one-star generals, the ministry said, adding that, including the three female officers, a total of 103 service persons, including five two-star generals, donned another star.

"The military will continue to seek fair and balanced personnel management to select talented people regardless of background, gender and branch of military service," the ministry said in a release.

This photo provided by the defense ministry shows Maj. Gen. Kang Sun-young. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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