Female Air Force Commander Appointed a Chief of China's Western Command

June 28, 2016
Editor: Eileen Cheng
Female Air Force Commander Appointed a Chief of China's Western Command

Cheng Xiaojian, the third ever female Major General in China and the nation's first female air force commander [thepaper.cn]

Senior military official Cheng Xiaojian, former vice chief of staff of Chengdu Command, was recently confirmed to have been appointed to a same post at the newly-launched Western Theater Command, after China replaced its seven previously existing military regions with five new commands this February.

The 53-year-old is among 10 Senior Colonels that were promoted to be Major Generals this May, the third ever female to obtain the achievement in China.

Seven years ago, Cheng was promoted as China's first female air force commander.

Cheng was enrolled in aviation school in 1981. During her service in the air force, she successfully fulfilled over 3,000 hours of flight tasks with six types of aircraft.

The officer collected one Second Merit Citation and five Third Merit Citations. She was also honored with the title of March 8th Red Banner Pacesetter in 2007 for her remarkable accomplishments as a woman in the military. Moreover, she has worked as a member of the nation's top legislative body for over two decades.

(Source: Global Times/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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