Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
General Yi Pyong-chol is commanding officer of the Korean People’s Army’s Air Force. General Yi is a 3rd generation KPA leader coming to the center of power. For a number of year Yi served as Vice Chief of the General Staff (MPAF). Ri is a member of the Party Central Committee (CC KWP) and the Party Central Military Commission.
Yi Pyong-chol was elected a deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly in 1998. Yi was assigned command of the KPA Air Force in 2008. He was promoted to General in April 2010. On 28 September 2010, Yi was elected to full membership on the Party Central Committee (CC KWP) and a member of the Party Central Military Commission.
Gen. Yi Pyong Chol
Commanding officer, KPA Air Force (Air Command)
1995: Order of Kim Il Sung
1997: Choe Kwang Funeral Committee
Vice Chief of the General Staff (MPAF)
1998: Deputy, 10th SPA
2003: Deputy, 11th SPA
2007: (ca.) Assigned command, KPA Air Force
2009: Deputy, 12th SPA
2010: Promoted, General
Elected, Member, CC KWP
Elected, Member, Party Central Military Commission
Yonhap News Agency. North Korea Handbook(Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 2003) p. 882