Chae Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

February 24, 2020 - Dorene DiNaro

ChaeThomas Chae, Professor of Military Science for the UNM Army ROTC, was recently promoted in United States Army rank from Major to Lieutenant Colonel—a promotion Chae considers to be the culmination of the support he’s received throughout his military career. 

Chae, who has been with the Army for nearly 17 years, has held many titles and achieved significant accomplishments during his tenure including Platoon Leader in Iraq; Troop Commander in Afghanistan; and Brigade Executive Officer for a Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Ft. Carson, CO. 

“Like everything in the military, this promotion was something I did not earn solely by myself but rather an output to many folks who helped along the way,”  Chae says.  “There are a lot of people to thank.” 

 Among those people are his supportive family and his military mentors made up of his platoon sergeant and first sergeant who taught him so much about life and leadership. 

 His most current role is professor of military science for the UNM Army ROTC—a role he thoroughly enjoys. “I love working with and developing the cadets,” Chae says. “These are young adults who handle a full-time academic schedule, many work to support themselves and their families, and all put in a lot of time and dedication to ultimately commission and become officers in the US Army.”

 He believes that most college students at UNM or around the country could not do what his cadets do, and he feels privileged to work with such a talented and special group. 

 Chae was recently honored for his prestigious promotion at a ceremony hosted by the University’s Army ROTC.  Congratulations LTC Chae!  We are proud to have you on our Student Affairs team!  For more information about the UNM Army ROTC, please visit their website.