|Kim in October 2012, visiting the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.|
|Minister of Defense of South Korea|
November 26, 2010
|President||Lee Myung Bak (2010–2013)
Park Geun-hye (2013–present)
|Preceded by||Kim Tae-young|
August 27, 1949 (age 64)
|Alma mater||Korea Military Academy|
|Service/branch||Republic of Korea Army|
|Awards||Legion of Merit|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Gwan-jin|
Kim Kwan-jin (Hangul: 김관진; Hanja: 金寬鎭; born August 27, 1949) is the current Minister of Defense of South Korea, following his appointment in November 2010. He was previously the 33rd Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the South Korean armed forces, and is a retired Republic of Korea Army general.
Early life and education
Kim was born on August 27, 1949, and graduated from the Korea Military Academy in 1971 and obtained his bachelor's degree.
Kim previously served as Commanding General, 35th Infantry Division (1999–2000), Commanding General, II Corps (2002–2004), and Chief Director, Joint Operations Headquarters, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2004–2005). He was promoted to four-star general and assumed command of Third ROK Army in 2005.
In 2006, he became the 33rd Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing General Lee Sang-hee.
On March 28, 2008, he was replaced by General Kim Tae-young.
After the end of President Lee Myung-bak's term in office in February 2013, incoming President Park Geun-hye decided to retain Kim in his post of Defense Minister after Park's nominee Kim Byung-kwan was forced to resign under pressure over a series of alleged ethical lapses and North Korea's repeated war threats.
- "S Korea names Kim Kwan-jin, former JCS chief, as new defense minister". Xinhua. November 28, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
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|Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chief Director of the Joint Defense Headquarters
|Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense