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President OKs promotion of 28 generals: Defense Ministry

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou has approved the promotion of 28 senior military officers to the ranks of major general, or one-star general, and lieutenant general, or two-star general, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday.

Of the 28, five will be promoted to lieutenant generals, including Hsu Yen-pu (徐衍璞), chief of the MND's Recruitment Center, and Chou Mei-wu (周美伍), vice president of the National Defense University, the MND said in a released statement.

The promotion will make Hsu, who is of Atayal descent, the highest-ranking aboriginal military personnel in the R.O.C. armed forces.

Another three that will be promoted to two-star generals are Wu Yi-chang (吳怡昌), chief of the MND's Medical Affairs Bureau, the MND's section chief Yen Chen-kuo (嚴振國) and Chang Kuan-chun (張冠群), head of the military's chief research organization, the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (中山科學研究院).

The other 23 people are to be promoted to the rank of major general, including a Coast Guard Administration official, and three National Security Bureau officials, the MND said.

The conferral ceremony will be held tomorrow in Taipei and will be presided over by President Ma and Defense Minister Yen Ming (嚴明). The promotions will officially take effect in July, MND officials noted.

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