SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Cary Chun assumes command of the 50th Space Wing in a ceremony here June 12. Lt. Gen. William Shelton, commander of 14th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space, was the presiding official for the ceremony. As 50th SW commander, Colonel Chun is responsible for more than 3,100 military, Department of Defense civilian and contractor personnel serving at 50th SW locations worldwide in support of more than 170 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites and associated systems valued at more than $66 billion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum)
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Airmen in formation salute Col. Cary Chun during a change-of-command ceremony at Schriever Air Force Base June 12. Colonel Chun succeeded Col. Terry Djuric as 50th Space Wing commander. As commander, Colonel Chun is responsible for more than 3,100 military, civilian and contractor personnel in support of more than 170 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites and their associated systems, valued at more than $66 billion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Amber Whittington)
by Staff Sgt. Don Branum
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
6/12/2008 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The former executive officer to the commander of Air Force Space Command assumed command of the 50th Space Wing here June 12 in an official ceremony held at the DeKok Building.
Col. Cary Chun succeeds Col. Terry Djuric, who will assume command of the Jeanne M. Holm Officer Accession and Citizen Development Center at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
"You all truly honor me with your presence here today," Colonel Chun told the assembled audience upon assuming command. He thanked Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command, and Lt. Gen. William Shelton, commander of 14th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space, for the opportunity to command the 50th SW.
"John F. Kennedy once said that a single person can make a difference, and every person should try," Colonel Chun said. "I will strive to make a difference, both in the mission and in the lives of the men and women of the 50th SW. We will step into the future with fierce determination; we will step into the future with quiet confidence; and we will step into the future with the knowledge that our nation is depending upon us."
Colonel Chun has extensive space operations experience through assignments at U.S. Space Command, AFSPC, 14th Air Force, the Special Technical Operations Community, the National Reconnaissance Office and Air Forces Central.
"His entire career has been training for this job," General Shelton said. "His first job was satellite operations at Onizuka AFB. His operational background, clear leadership ability and drive to succeed will move this wing forward."
Some of Colonel Chun's previous assignments include commander of the Aerospace Data Facility's Space Operations Wing at Buckley AFB, Colo., the NRO Operations Group at Onizuka Air Force Station, Calif., and the 614th Space Operations Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
Colonel Chun supported the president and first lady as a White House social aide in 1995. He deployed as the director of space forces in 2007 for U.S. Central Command in Southwest Asia.
Colonel Chun is a native of Cavite, the Philippines. He was born at Sangley Point NAS, the Philippines, while his father was on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is married to the former Angeline Montiero and has three children: Thomas, Mackenzie and Ian. He entered the Air Force through the Air Force Academy and received his commission May 29, 1985, with a bachelor's degree in operations research.
His other degrees include a Master of Science in systems management from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in space operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Air War College at Maxwell AFB.
He is a senior executive fellow of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has also attended the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., and the Enterprise Leadership Seminar at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Colonel Chun is a distinguished graduate of Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB and the Space Innovation and Development Center's Space Tactics School at Schriever. He is a Top 25 Percent graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB. His professional military education also includes the Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk Naval Air Station, Va., and Air War College.
Colonel Chun has received a Defense Superior Service Medal, a Legion of Merit medal, three Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, a Defense Commendation Medal, two Air Force Commendation Medals, a Defense Achievement Medal and an Air Force Achievement Medal.
He was named the California Air Force Association's Field Grade Officer of 2000. He received an NRO Leadership Award in 2005, an Office of the Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award in 2006, and a National Security Agency Bronze Medallion and an NRO Gold Medal in 2007.
As commander of the 50th SW, Colonel Chun is responsible for more than 3,100 military, Department of Defense civilian and contractor personnel serving at wing locations worldwide in support of more than 170 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites and their associated systems valued at more than $66 billion.
"No one entrusted with the leadership of the 50th SW could fail to be moved by its role in our nation's past, present, and -- most importantly -- its future," Colonel Chun said.