Cary C. Chun
|Born||August 23, 1963|
|Service/||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1985–2012|
|Commands held||50th Space Wing|
614th Space Operations Squadron
|Awards||Defense Superior Service Medal (2)|
Legion of Merit
Brigadier General Cary C. Chun (born August 23, 1963) is a retired senior officer of the United States Air Force. He served as the Deputy Commander, Operations and Interagency Integration, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and the Director for Mission Operations, National Reconnaissance Office. In this role, he led all Department of Defense space forces aligned with USSTRATCOM and provided tailored, responsive, local and global effects in support of national, USSTRATCOM and combatant commander objectives. As Director for Mission Operations, he led operations for all NRO overhead reconnaissance systems, ground stations, operational communications, and the operations center used to conduct intelligence activities essential for the national security of the United States and its allies.
Chun is the first United States Air Force general of Filipino descent. He retired from the air force on August 1, 2012.
Chun was born in Cavite, Philippines, at Sangley Point Naval Air Station, where his father was on active duty in the United States Coast Guard. He graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1981. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the United States Air Force Academy in 1985.
Chun gained extensive space operations experience working with United States Space Command, Air Force Space Command, 14th Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office and Central Air Forces. He is a graduate of the Space Warfare Center's Space Tactics School. Additionally, he has supported the President and First Lady as a White House social aide.
Chun commanded the 614th Space Operations Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, California; NRO Operations Group at Onizuka Air Force Station, California; Space Operations Wing at the Aerospace Data Facility, Buckley AFB, Colorado; and 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colorado. He has also served as the Director of Space Forces while deployed to Southwest Asia for operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.