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Shen Yi-ming (Chinese: 沈一鳴; Wade–Giles: Shen I-ming; 30 March 1957 – 2 January 2020) was a Taiwanese Air Force general who served as the Chief of the General Staff, Deputy Minister of National Defense for Policy, and Commander of the ROC Air Force. He gained his master degree of strategic studies in the U.S. Air War College. He was sent as the military instructor in North Yemen for years while he was still a major due to a secret diplomatic mission which is known as the "Great Desert Task Force". After leaving North Yemen, he was then sent to France for years as the Chief Test Pilot and the Chief Seeded Instructor of the squad that was responsible for the delivery of Mirage-2000 over the French Air Force to Taiwanese Air Force with great contribution while he was a lieutenant colonel. Among his military career, he has experienced many foreign missions of the ROC Air Force, which made him later became the Chief of the General Staff with the most right causes. He had put his best efforts on and involved in collaborating the U.S.'s Indo-Pacific strategy actively since he succeeded as the Chief of the General Staff. On 2 January 2020, he was killed during the crash of a military helicopter on a routine mission.
Shen graduated from the Republic of China Air Force Academy in 1979, his general officer classmate included General Wu Wan-chiao (吳萬教) and Lieutenant General Ko Wen-an (柯文安). He graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1992 and from the Air War College in the United States in 2002.
He trained in Saudi Arabia for one year as part of the Peace Bell Program (known as Great Desert Program in Taiwan), active between 1979 and 1990. After the Republic of China Air Force acquired Mirage 2000-5 jets from France in the 1990s, he was one of the first Taiwanese pilots to be trained in their operation. Shen held positions in the Air Force such as the Deputy Commander of the Office of the Deputy Joint Chief of the General Staff in Intelligence, Air Force Combatant Command, Deputy Chief of the Air Force Staff, Deputy Minister of National Defense for Administrative Affairs, and served as Commanding General of the Air Force from 1 February 2015 to 1 March 2018.
Deputy Defense Minister and Chief of the General Staff
Shen succeeded Admiral Pu Tze-chun as vice minister of defense for policy in March 2018, serving under Yen Teh-fa. As vice defense minister, Shen promoted international military exchanges with the United States. In regards to United States President Donald Trump, he has stated “We greatly appreciate that the US is willing to review our military sales requests on a case-by-case basis, instead of the bundling approach carried out previously", referring to military exchanges between the US and Taiwan. Shortly after that comment, Taiwan signed a US$330 million deal to upgrade 144 F-16 fighter jets to the F-16V standard. In July 2019, Shen replaced Admiral Lee Hsi-ming as Chief of the General Staff of the Republic of China Armed Forces.
Shen was killed in a helicopter accident on 2 January 2020 in the Wulai District of New Taipei. The Black Hawk Shen was traveling in lost contact with Songshan military airbase at 8:07 AM, thirteen minutes after taking off. The helicopter was carrying three crew, nine officers—including Shen—and a correspondent from the Military News Agency. Seven others of those aboard the helicopter were also killed in the crash, including two Major Generals, while five others were injured and survived. Shen's remains were cremated on 14 January 2020, and buried at Wuzhi Mountain Military Cemetery. A memorial ceremony for the crash victims was held at Songshan Air Force Base on 14 January 2020.
- Order of the Cloud and Banner with Special Cravat
- Order of Loyalty and Diligence
- Medal of the Brilliant Light, B-Second Class
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