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General Jong Ho Gyun is an artillery commander in the Korean People’s Army, and possibly commands the Artillery Corps. He is a third generation KPA leader, and member of the Party Central Committee (CC KWP) and the Central Military Commission.
Jong Ho Gyun was elected to candidate membership on the Party Central Committee at its 10th plenum (6th Term/6th CC) in December 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant General and elected a deputy to the 8th Supreme People’s Assembly in 1986. In the 1980s Jong was division commander.
Jong was promoted Colonel General in April 1992. He was assigned command of IX Army Corps in North Hamgyong in the early 1990s. In 1997 he was assigned command of the 620th Artillery Corps.
Jong was promoted to General in April 2010, on the occasion of the Day of the Sun. It is believed in the ROK that General Jong replaced Artillery Corps Commander Ri Jong Bu who passed away in 2010. Jong was elected to full membership on the CC KWP.
General Jong Ho Gyun
Artillery Commander, KPA
Member, Party Central Committee (CC KWP)
1984: Elected, Candidate Member, CC KWP
1986: Promoted Lieutenant General
Division Commander, North Hamgyong
Deputy, 8th Supreme People’s Assembly
1990: Deputy, 9th SPA
1992: Promoted, Colonel General
1994: Assigned command, IX Army Corps
1997: Assigned command, 620th Artillery Corps
1998: Deputy, 10th SPA
2003: Deputy, 11th SPA
2009: Deputy, 12th SPA
2010: Promoted, General
Possibly, Artillery Commander, KPA
Elected, Member, CC KWP
Elected, Member, Party Central Military Commission
Gause, Ken. North Korean Civil-Military Trends: Military First Politics to a Point. (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute USAWC, 2006)
Yonhap News Agency. North Korea Handbook (Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 2003) p. 804