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Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun, BA, MS, MA, PhD, MSM, BSM, LM, NSM

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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun, BA, MS, MA, PhD, MSM, BSM, LM, NSM

Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He is a senior General Officer of the Army of the Republic of Korea and has a distinguished record of ethical leadership.

Lieutenant Genera (LTG) Chun was born in Seoul. After spending his early years in Seoul, he moved to the United States of America at the age of 7, following his mother who was the first woman diplomat for the then young Republic of Korea (ROK). LTG Chun spent four and a half years in New York City and returned to Korea in 1969. After graduating from the prestigious Kyong-Ki High-school, he was accepted to the Korea Military Academy in 1977. LTG Chun was commissioned an infantry officer in 1981 from Class No. 37.

While serving as a Platoon leader, LTG Chun was selected to become the aide to Lieutenant General Ki-Baek Lee, 1st ROK Corps Commander. LTG Chun became the youngest officer in ROK Army history to be an aide to a three-star general with the rank of lieutenant. In 1983, General Lee, as Chairman of the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a victim of the Rangoon bombing. LTG Chun was credited with saving General Lee’s life and was awarded the National Security Medal (Kwang-Bok).

LTG Chun was selected the Excellent Company Commander in 1986 and received the coveted Jae-Gu Award. LTG Chun served in the ROK-US Combined Forces Command (CFC) in 1988 as the Contingency Plans Officer, Assistant Chief-of-Staff (C5 ), and as the ROK Aide to the Deputy Commander in Chief, CFC.

After returning from the United States Armed Forces Staff College course, LTG Chun was assigned to the Korean Special Warfare Command (SWC) as the Combined Operations Officer. After 18 months at the SWC, LTG Chun was selected by the Special Assistants Group of the ROK Army Chief of Staff (CSA) Office as the Officer-in-Charge of Military Diplomacy and also served consecutively as the Policy Officer of the same organization.

During and after his tour in CFC, LTG Chun provided Korean-English language support to the Commander-in-Chief (CINC) on numerous occasions and was personally awarded the Army Commendation Medal by U.S. Army General RisCassi in 1992.

LTG Chun commanded a battalion in the 22nd ROK Infantry Division. During his battalion command, he was selected Best Battalion Commander for the 22nd Infantry Division in 1996 (first out of 12 battalions). He also participated in operations to search and destroy infiltrators from the submarine incident at Kang-Nung in 1996.  In 1997, while conducting a live-fire exercise, he was wounded in the right leg requiring 42 stitches. Refusing evacuation, he finished the training of his troops and was recognized by division and regimental commanders. LTG Chun has 13 months of DMZ duty.

After successfully completing division-level duties as the G1, and later as the G3 for the 22nd Infantry Division, LTG Chun served in the ROK-US Combined Forces Command assigned to the C3 Exercise Division as the Ulchi-Focus Lens (UFL) Exercise Senior Korean Officer. LTG Chun planned, coordinated, controlled and managed the UFL Exercise, which was the largest combined computer simulated military exercise in the world. LTG Chun received the ROK Minister of Defense Citation and the U.S. Meritorious Service Medal for his contribution as the UFL Exercise Officer.

LTG Chun’s regimental command assignment was as Commander of the 29th Infantry Regiment “Golden Bats” of the 9th Infantry Division “White Horse.” LTG Chun was the 49th Commander of the Regiment, which has a 54-year history. It includes six major battles during the Korean War and six years and seven months of duty in Vietnam. The 29th Regiment also has a real world security mission of the Han River, which extends 30 kilometres . LTG Chun served 17 months as its commander.

Upon completion of regimental command, LTG Chun was assigned as the Chief of the Election Support Branch, Civil Military Affairs /Strategic Operations Directorate at the Multi National Forces in Iraq. He was recognized by both the Republic of Korea and the United States for his contribution to the first “fair and free” elections in Iraq on 30 January 2005. His actions were recognized by receiving the Hwa-Rang Combat medal and the U.S. Bronze Star Medal.

From November of 2005, LTG Chun served as the Director of U.S. Affairs at the Korean Ministry of National Defense and was involved in negotiations and cooperation with the USA on relocations of U.S. forces, camp returns, ROK-U.S. Joint Vision Study, Special Measures Agreement and transition of Wartime Operational Control. He was selected for brigadier general on 3 November 2006. From November of 2006 to April of 2007, LTG Chun was assigned to the First ROK Infantry Division as the Assistant Division Commander and concurrently assigned as Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies at Seoul National University. As of 1 May 2007, LTG Chun was assigned as the Director of Operational Plans Development for the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff. On 19 July 2007, 23 Korean missionary workers, including 16 women, were kidnapped by enemy insurgents. LTG Chun was given seven hours notice to assemble a team and deploy to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) HQ in Kabul, Afghanistan and establish coordinating relations with ISAF and also to support the ROKG efforts for the release of the hostages. The incident lasted for 44 days and all but two were released unharmed. LTG Chun was credited with accomplishing his mission successfully and was awarded the Korean Presidential Citation. Upon completion of his duties as the Deputy Director for Strategic Planning at ROK JCS, LTG Chun took over the OPCON Transition Group, which was charged with the responsibility of overseeing the transformation of wartime operational control from the U.S. to the ROK. During his post, he supervised establishment of the Initial Operational Capability of the ROK JCS and subordinate operational commands. LTG Chun was promoted to Major General on 3 November 2009 and took over command of the 27th Infantry Division. From November 2011, LTG Chun was the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations for the ROK-US Combined Forces Command and Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations for Ground Component Command (GCC). He assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Staff, CFC and Chief of Staff, GCC as well as serving as the Senior Member of the UNC Military Armistice Commission from April to October 2013. From October 30, 2013, LTG Chun has been commanding the ROK Special Warfare Command and Combined Unconventional Warfare Command.

Lieutenant General Chun’s military assignments include:

  • 2015 to present: Deputy Commander, First ROK Army, Republic of Korea
  • 2013-2015: Commander, ROK Special Warfare Command/Combined Unconventional Warfare Command
  • 2013-2013: Senior Member, UNCMAC and Deputy Chief of Staff, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command
  • 2011-2013: Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff (C3), ROK-US Combined Forces Command, and Assistant Chief of Staff (G3), Ground Component Command, ROK Army
  • 2009-2011: Commander, 27th Infantry Division, ROK Army
  • 2008-2009: Director, OPCON Transition Group (J-5), Joint Chiefs of Staff, ROK Army
  • 2008-2008: Deputy Director, Strategic Planning Bureau (J-5), Joint Chiefs of Staff, ROK Army
  • 2007-2008: Director, OPLAN Development (J3), Joint Chiefs of Staff, ROK Army
  • 2006-2007: Aide-de-Camp, First ROK Infantry Division, ROK Army
  • 2005-2006: Director, U.S. Policy Division, Ministry of National Defense, Republic of Korea
  • 2004-2005: Chief, Election Cell, CMO, Multi-National Force Iraq
  • 2003-2004: Commander, 29th Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, ROK Army
  • 1999-2002: UFL Exercise Officer (C3), ROK-US Combined Forces Command
  • 1998-1999: G3, 22nd Infantry Division, ROK Army
  • 1997-1998: G1, 22nd Infantry Division, ROK Army
  • 1995-1997: Battalion Commander, 22nd Infantry Division, ROK Army
  • 1993-1995: Officer-in-Charge, Military-Diplomacy Affairs, Office of the Chief of Staff, ROK Army
  • 1992-1993: Policy Officer, Office of the Chief of Staff, ROK Army
  • 1990-1992: Combined Operations Officer,  G3 Branch, Special Warfare Command, ROK Army
  • 1987-1988: Operations Officer, G3 Branch, 30th Infantry Division, ROK Army

Lieutenant General Chun has language proficiency in Korean and English. His record of education and training includes:

  • 2011: Certificate, Entrepreneurship Course, Jones International University and Seoul Cyber University
  • 2010: Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, Kyung-nam University
  • 2006: Master of Arts in Policy Studies, Seoul National University
  • 2003: Master of Science in Military Strategic Studies, United States Army War College
  • 1995: Diploma, Course No. 4, Advanced Army College
  • 1990: Diploma, United States Armed Forces Staff College
  • 1990: Diploma, Course No. 46, Army College
  • 1984: Diploma, Officer’s Advanced Course
  • 1981: Diploma, Officer’s Basic Course
  • 1977-1981: Bachelor of Arts in Military History, Class No. 37, Korea Military Academy

Lieutenant General Chun has been awarded six citations from the Ministry of National Defense, 12 Chief of Staff citations, seven Army level citations, eight Army Corps citations, 10 Army Division citations and two Regimental citations. His other honours, awards and decorations include:

  • 2015: Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Canada
  • 2013: National Security Medal (Chun-soo), Republic of Korea
  • 2011: Honorary Doctorate Degree in Political Science, Irkutsk National University, Russian Federation
  • 2005: Combat Medal (Hwa-Rang), Republic of Korea
  • 1983: National Security Medal (Kwang-Bok), Republic of Korea
  • 2008: Presidential Citation of the Republic of Korea
  • 2006-2008: Research Fellow, Center for International Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • 2000: Prime Minister Citation of the Republic of Korea
  • 2013: Legion of Merit (Officer), United States Army
  • 2011: Legion of Merit, United States Army
  • 2005: Bronze Star Medal, United States Army
  • 2002: Meritorious Service Medal, United States Army
  • 1992: Army Commendation Medal, United States Army

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Lieutenant General In-Bum Chun is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

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