LTG Robert J. Lunn: the passing of an Air Defense commander.
Former Commanding General and Chief of Air Defense, LTG Robert J. Lunn, of Vienna, Va., died on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is to be a tri-service military medical center located on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the present National Naval Medical Center by September 2011. . Lunn was born in Spring Valley, Ill., on Sept. 1, 1927. He was a graduate of the United States Military Academy United States Military Academy, at West Point, N.Y.; for training young men and women to be officers in the U.S. army; founded and opened in 1802. The original act provided that the Corps of Engineers stationed at West Point should constitute a military academy, but in 1950, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Noun 1. Bachelor of Science - a bachelor's degree in science
bachelor's degree, baccalaureate - an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies degree and commissioned a second lieutenant in the Coastal Artillery.
Lunn's first assignment was with the 8th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan until April 1951. April 1951 proved to be a great month for Lunn. He married Louise H. (Herrmann) Lunn on the 4th of April, and would assume command of Bravo Battery, 44th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, Camp Stewart, Ga. He would then command two more times at the battery level in Japan and Colorado before being selected to attend the British School of Anti-Aircraft Artillery in 1956. After graduation, he served in his fourth battery command as Headquarters Battery commander and later assistant operations officer while assigned to the 32nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade in Germany.
Lunn's next endeavor was to attend the University of Arizona (body, education) University of Arizona - The University was founded in 1885 as a Land Grant institution with a three-fold mission of teaching, research and public service. , where he received a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1961, and joined the U.S. Army Artillery Board at Fort Sill, Okla., as chief of the Lance Missile Development Program. He would leave Fort Sill to attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College The Command and General Staff College (C&GSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is a United States Army facility that functions as a graduate school for U.S. military leaders. It was originally established in 1881 as a school for infantry and cavalry. in 1965.
Lunn would then command the 4th Missile Battalion, 44th Artillery in Korea, after which he attended the Army War College Class of 1968, with a follow-on assignment to Washington as chief, Air Defense and Missile Division, Office of the Chief of Research and Development. He was then assigned as assistant for Anti-Ballistic Missiles in the Office of the Secretary of the Army.
Lunn's next command selection came with an assignment to Germany in August 1971, where he served as commander of the 94th Air Defense Artillery Group. Two years later, in August 1973, he became deputy commanding general, 32nd Army Defense Command, in Kaiserslautern, Federal Republic of Germany.
He returned to the United States in September 1974, for assignment as assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. On June 1, 1976, Lunn assumed command of the U.S. Army Air Defense Center and Fort Bliss. After commanding Fort Bliss, he returned to the Washington area, and was later promoted to lieutenant general on Sept. 10, 1980. Lunn retired from active duty on Aug. 1, 1983.
Lunn is survived by his wife of 61 years, Louise, and their three children, Robin Louise, Robert Julian, Sean Thomas, and six grand children.