By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Under a cloud-free, blue Colorado sky, Brig. Gen Cary Chun, 50th Space Wing commander, pinned on his first star during a promotion ceremony in front of the DeKok Building July 16.
General Robert C. Kehler, Air Force Space Command commander, presided over the ceremony, as hundreds of friends, family and fellow servicemembers looked on.
General Kehler pointed out how only the best of the best are promoted to the general officer ranks and assured everyone in attendance that General Chun was no exception.
“There are more than 120 years of service within the Chun family,” said General Kehler. “I think that says a lot about Cary Chun and the Chun family.”
General Chun’s father served in the Coast Guard for 23 years and Angel Chun, General Chun’s wife, served in the Air Force for 20 years.
General Chun often became emotional during the ceremony, giving examples of how his children display patriotism in their daily lives.
“My sons and my daughter have been taught the same core values that we as Airmen are taught,” General Chun said. “They display those values daily and make us very proud as parents.”
Along with the importance of family, General Chun stated that patriotism and love of country are reasons he continues to serve in the Air Force.
“After 20-plus years, I still serve because I love my country,” he said. “This is a country of hope, freedom and opportunity.”