Western Air Defense Force (JASDF)

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Western Air Defense Force 西部航空方面隊 Seibu Koku Homentai

chain of command

Minister of Defense > Air Defense Command > Western Air Defense Force

organizations

Assignment

Historical

Commander

no date of
appointment
rank name class previous job next job note
1 March 1959 Maj General Otani Mitsuo CO, Northern Air Defense Force Commanding Officer
2 18 Jul 1959 Maj General Sato Katsuo 42nd class, MA
1 15 Jul 1961 Maj General Sato Katsuo 42nd class, MA CO, Western Air Defense Force Cdt, Air Staff College Commander
2 25 Jul 1961 Maj General Setoyama Hachiro 58th class, NA CoS, Air Defense Command Cdt, Air Staff College 1 Jan 1962 Lt General
3 1 Aug 1963 Maj General Maruta Fumio 1 Jan 1964 Lt General
4 16 Feb 1966 Lt General Maekawa Kunio 45th class, MA
5 17 Jul 1967 Lt General Yahagi Juro 47th class, MA
6 15 Nov 1967 Lt General Imamura Hirozumi 48th class, MA
7 1 Jul 1969 Lt General Ishikawa Kanshi 50th class, MAA Inspector General, ASO Cdr, Air Education Command
8 16 Dec 1970 Lt General Shirakawa Motoharu 51st class, MAA
9 1 Jul 1971 Lt General Nagata Ryohei 52nd class, MA
10 1 Jul 1973 Lt General Fujisawa Nobuo 53rd class, MA
11 1 May 1974 Lt General Tokumaru Akira 53rd class, MA
12 16 Feb 1976 Lt General Yamada Ryoichi 71st class, NA CO, Safety Control & Weather Wing Cdr, Air Tech Edu Command
13 1 Jul 1977 Lt General Sakazaki Takayuki 71st class, NA
14 1 Jul 1978 Lt General Namatame Osamu 58th class, MA CoS, Air Defense Command Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
15 16 Mar 1979 Lt General Mitsuzaki Osamu
16 1 Jul 1980 Lt General Ike Hiroshi 74th class, NA
17 16 Feb 1982 Lt General Itano Yasuhiro 75th class, NA CO, Airlift Wing Cdr, Air Education Command
18 2 Mar 1984 Lt General Omura Hitoshi Tokyo Inst of Tech CO, Air Test Wing Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
19 16 Mar 1985 Lt General Soejima Yoshitoyo
20 1 Jun 1985 Lt General Murayama Fusao Waseda University
21 7 Jul 1987 Lt General Abe Hiroo 1st class, NDA
22 7 Jul 1988 Lt General Sho Katsuhiko Cdr, 3rd Air Depot Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
23 30 Jun 1989 Lt General Otsuka Shuji Kyushu University Cdr, SW Composite Air Division retired
24 9 Jul 1990 Lt General Miyashita Hiroshi 3rd class, NDA
25 16 Mar 1991 Lt General Miyatake Keiya 5th class, NDA
26 1 Jul 1993 Lt General Eto Hyobu 7th class, NDA
27 30 Jun 1995 Lt General Suzuki Kazuyoshi 9th class, NDA Dir, Pers & Edu Dept, ASO Cdr, Air Training Command
28 1 Jul 1997 Lt General Goto Ryuichi Kyushu University CoS, Air Training Command retired
29 1 Jul 1998 Lt General Hirata Nobunari 10th class, NDA
30 10 Dec 1999 Lt General Mori Kazuhiko 11th class, NDA
31 11 Jan 2001 Lt General Yoshida Tadashi 14th class, NDA Dir, Ope Dept, ASO Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
32 22 Mar 2002 Lt General Nagaiwa Toshimichi 15th class, NDA
33 12 Jan 2005 Lt General Hori Yoshinari 16th class, NDA
34 4 Aug 2006 Lt General Iwasaki Shigeru 19th class, NDA Dir, Pers & Edu Dept, ASO Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
35 1 Aug 2008 Lt General Onoda Osamu 21st class, NDA
36 24 Dec 2010 Lt General Nakashima Kunisuke 23rd class, NDA Dir, Ope Sup Dept, ASO Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
37 5 Aug 2011 Lt General Hironaka Masayuki 23rd class, NDA Dir, Ope Dept, JSO Cdr, Air Support Command
38 26 Jul 2012 Lt General Fukue Hiroaki 25th class, NDA Dir, Log Dept, ASO Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
39 22 Aug 2013 Lt General Miyagawa Tadashi Nihon University Dir, Person & Edu Dept, ASO Dir, Defense Intelligence HQ
40 5 Aug 2014 Lt General Marumo Yoshinari 27th class, NDA Dir, Ope Dept, ASO Vice Chief of Staff, ASDF
41 1 Dec 2015 Lt General Yamada Masashi 28th class, NDA Dir, Ope Sup Dept, ASO Cdr, Air Support Command
42 8 Aug 2017 Lt General Izutsu Shunji 30th class, NDA Dir, Pers & Edu Dept, ASO incumbent

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