Southwest Air Defense Force (JASDF)

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Southwest Air Defense Force 南西航空方面隊 Nansei Homen Koku tai

chain of command

Minister of Defense > Air Defense Command > Southwest Air Defense Force

organizations

Assignment

Historical

Commander

no date of
appointment
rank name class previous job next job note
1 Aug 1972 Maj General Yamada Ryuji Att, Western Air Defense Force Cdr, SW Composite Air Division CO, Naha Provisional Air Wing
1 16 Oct 1973 Lt General Yamada Ryuji CO, Naha Air Wing Att, ASO Commander, SW Composite Air Division
2 1 May 1974 Maj General Takeda Goro 55th class, MA Dir, Ope Dept, ASO Cdr, Northern Air Defense Force 1 Jul 1974 Lt General
1 Jul 1975
15 Oct 1976 Lt General Yoshizaki Iwao CO, 1st Air Wing Cdt, Air Staff College
16 Mar 1978
17 Feb 1981 Lt General Yamamoto Kenryu 75th class, NA Dir, Admin Dept, ASO Cdt, Air Staff College
1 Jul 1982 Lt General Shimizu Toru Dir, Ope Dept, ASO Cdr, Air Tech Edu Command
6 Jun 1984
7 Jul 1987 Lt General Otsuka Shuji Kyushu U CO, Northern AC&W Wing Cdr, Western Air Defense Force
30 Jun 1989 Lt General Sagawa Akihiko 3rd class, NDA Dir, Adm Dept, ASO Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
16 Mar 1991 Lt General Yokozawa Akio 5th class, NDA Dir, Adm Dept, ASO Administrator, JSC
16 Jun 1992 Lt General Muraki Koji 6th class, NDA Dir, Pers & Edu Dept, ASO Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
1 Jul 1993 Lt General Ito Atsushi 7th class, NDA Dir, Ope Dept, ASO Cdt, Joint Staff College
1 Jul 1994 Lt General Hiraoka Yuji 8th class, NDA Dir, J1, JSC Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
25 Mar 1996 Lt General Sato Mamoru 7th class, NDA CO, 4th Air Wing retired
1 Jul 1997
19 10 Dec 1999 Lt General Oda Kunihiro 13th class, NDA Inspector General, ASO Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
20 27 Mar 2001 Lt General Uchiyama Yoshio 13th class, NDA DCdr, Air Material Command HQ Cdt, Air Staff College
21 27 Mar 2003 Lt General Kojika Katsumi 16th class, NDA Dir, Pers & Edu Dept, ASO Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
22 12 Jan 2005 Lt General Urayama Nagato 17th class, NDA Dir, Log Dept, ASO Cdr, Air Material Command HQ
23 28 Mar 2007 Lt General Yamakawa Tatsuo 19th class, NDA Dir, Log Dept, ASO Cdr, Air Material Command HQ
24 24 Mar 2009 Lt General Hirata Hidetoshi University of Tokyo Dir, Ope Dept, ASO Cdt, Air Staff College
25 5 Aug 2011 Lt General Hanzawa Takahiko 24th class, NDA Dir, Ope Dept, ASO DCdr, Air Defense Command
26 4 Dec 2012 Lt General Sugiyama Yoshiyuki 24th class, NDA Cdr, Air Dev and Test Command Cdr, Air Defense Command
27 15 Dec 2014 Lt General Araki Junichi 27th class, NDA Dir, Admin Bu, Joint Staff College Cdr, Air Training Command
28 22 Dec 2016 Lt General Muto Shigeki 28th class, NDA Dir, Ope Dept, JSO Cdr, SW Air Defense Force
1 1 Jul 2017 Lt General Muto Shigeki 28th class, NDA Cdr, SW Air Composite Division Cdr, SW Air Defense Force

Deputy Commander

no date of
appointment
rank name class previous job next job note
26 Jul 2012 Maj General Izutsu Shunji 30th class, NDA Commander, 6th Air Wing Inspector, Legal Compliance
5 Aug 2014

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