Major General (Ret.) Kwang-Hyun Chang graduated from the Korean Military Academy in 1983. He accomplished a great deal of major command and staff positions in various units and policy departments throughout his 35-year military service. In particular, he served as Chief of Staff of the Army Chiefs of Staff in 2010 after being promoted to General in 2009, and in 2011 as Chief of Operations 1 of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From 2012 to 2013, he served as commander of the 51st Infantry Division. In 2014, he served as Chief of Staff of the FROKA(1st ROK Army). In a highlight, in 2015, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff of the UNC MAC following his assignment as the CFC’s Deputy Chief of Operations. In 2016, he retired on December 31st after last serving as commander of the Army Aviation Operations Command. And also Major General (Ret.) served as COO & CFO at the Military Mutual Aid Association from May 1, 2017 to May 31, 2020. He is now working as a professor of “Innovation Strategy Leadership” and “Defense Convergence Leadership” at Mid-West University (U.S. Missouri).
Major General (Ret.) is a person who was exceptionally busy in his military life but did not neglect studying for his own development, earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Yeungnam University Graduate School of Business in 1987. In 2019, he completed the MBA course at Yonsei University Graduate School of Business.He also earned a Doctorate in Engineering from Ajou University Graduate School in 2019. His doctoral dissertation was “A Study on the Revitalization of the United Nations Command based on the Transfer of Wartime Operational Control.” He is currently writing a book about the United Nations Command (UNC), and his book is scheduled to be published in Korea in the summer of 2020.
Major General (Ret.) is well known as the right soldier who values laws and principles during all military life, and was also a soldier who devoted himself to strengthening the ROK-US alliance. This led to him receiving many medals and commendations. In 2002, he received a citation from the President of the Republic of Korea. And in 2002 and 2008, he received a Citation from the Secretary of the United States Army. In 2011, he received the National Security Medal, the “Cheonsu Medal” from the Korean Government. In 2016, he received the highest honorable LOM (Legend Of Merit), awarded to foreign military officers from the US Government, and also received the ‘Michael Knight Award’ from the US Army Aviation Association.