Frank Gorenc

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Frank "Gork" Gorenc
General Frank Gorenc, USAF.jpg
General Frank Gorenc, USAF
Born (1957-10-14) October 14, 1957 (age 56)
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1979 – Present
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
Battles/wars Gulf War
Awards
Relations Maj Gen Stanley Gorenc, brother

Frank Gorenc (born October 14, 1957) is a United States Air Force four-star general who currently serves as the Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe which he concurrently serves as Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa, Commander, Allied Air Command[1] and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Center. He previously served as the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters, United States Air Force at the Pentagon. The general is a command pilot with more than 4,100 flight hours in the T-38A, F-15C, MQ-1B, UH-1N and C-21A.[2] He assumed his current assignment on August 2, 2013.

Gorenc assuming command of 3rd Air Force in 2009.
Gorenc assuming command of 3rd Air Force in 2009.

Early life[edit]

General Gorenc was born in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, present day Slovenia. Frank and his older brother, Stanley immigrated with their parents to the United States from the former Yugoslavia in 1962 when they were 8 and 4. After arriving in America, their father worked as a tailor, and their mother served as a factory machine operator. General Gorenc said that he was required to go to summer school each year simply because the opportunity for education existed and was available. “We didn’t know the language,” Frank said. “We didn’t know the culture, and we came to learn (that) the United States is truly a land of opportunity.” Frank went to visit his older brother, then a freshman cadet, during Parents’ Weekend at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and there he developed his first interest in the Air Force. “As a freshman in high school walking on the academy campus, you couldn’t help but be inspired,” the younger brother said. Coming from a lower-middle-class background, the opportunities seemed boundless.[3]

Military career[edit]

Gorenc, thanks an injured service member for his service.
Gorenc, thanks an injured service member for his service.

General Gorenc earned his commission in 1979 as a distinguished graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. He has commanded a fighter squadron, an operations group, two wings and the Air Force District of Washington. General Gorenc has served in numerous positions at Air Combat Command, in the Pentagon on the Air Staff and The Joint Staff, and at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe as the special assistant to the Commander USEUCOM/SACEUR. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Director of Air and Space Operations, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA.

As a Brigadier General, Gorenc was the Director of Operational Plans and Joint Matters, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air, Space and Information Operations, Plans and Requirements at the Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC. He was responsible for developing and integrating operational strategies, organization concepts, policies and plans supporting aerospace power employment. The General's six divisions orchestrated Air Force participation in joint and regional war and mobilization planning communities, as well as operator and warfighter talks with allies and sister services. He oversaw the Air Force's concept of operations development as well as its interface with Joint Staff and National Security Council issues. Prior to assuming this position, he was Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq.[4]

General Gorenc served as the Commander, Third Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.[2] As the U.S. Air Forces in Europe component numbered air force for U.S. European Command, 3rd Air Force supports the USAFE and EUCOM commanders both at the operational and tactical level directing all USAFE forces engaged in contingency and wartime operations in the EUCOM area of responsibility. Third Air Force includes the headquarters Air Force forces staff, a multidisciplinary, professional cadre responsible for planning, deploying, employing, sustaining and redeploying Air Force forces as the supported and supporting air component of USAFE to EUCOM. Other 3rd Air Force units include the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, 10 USAFE wings and two stand-alone groups. Gorenc relinquished command of 3rd Air Force to Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, 30 March 2012.[5]

Since April 2012, Gorenc has served as the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters United States Air Force at the Pentagon.[2]

Education[edit]

Major General Pope
Maj Gen Frank Gorenc, Commander, Air Force District of Washington, greets Pope Benedict XVI upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
Brig. Gen. Frank Gorenc, protection force
Brigadier General Frank Gorenc with his protection force in Balad, Iraq
1979 Distinguished graduate, Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.[6]
1983 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1986 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1986 NATO Tactical Leadership Program, Jever AB, West Germany
1988 Distinguished graduate, U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
1989 Master of Aeronautical Science degree, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
1994 Air War College, by seminar
1995 Master of Science degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2006 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2007 Capstone Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2008 Joint Flag Officer Warfighter Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Defense Policy Seminar, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Generals Gorenc
Maj. Gen. Stanley Gorenc (left) and his brother, Brig. Gen. Frank Gorenc.

Assignments[edit]

  1. August 1979 - December 1980, student, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.
  2. December 1980 - April 1984, T-38A instructor pilot and flight examiner, 25th Flying Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Okla.
  3. April 1984 - August 1984, student, F-15 Replacement Training Unit, Luke AFB, Ariz.
  4. August 1984 - April 1988, F-15C aircraft commander, flight examiner and flight commander, 525th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bitburg AB, West Germany
  5. April 1988 - October 1991, F-15C aircraft commander and Chief, Weapons and Tactics, 94th Fighter Squadron, Langley AFB, Va.
  6. October 1991 - March 1992, Chief, Weapons and Tactics, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Va.
  7. March 1992 - June 1992, aide to the Commander, Tactical Air Command, Langley AFB, Va.
  8. June 1992 - September 1993, aide to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
  9. September 1993 - August 1994, Chief, Operational Officer Assignments Branch, ACC, Langley AFB, Va.
  10. August 1994 - September 1995, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  11. September 1995 - January 1996, operations officer, 390th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
  12. January 1996 - June 1997, Commander, 390th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
  13. June 1997 - January 1998, special assistant to Operations Group Commander, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
  14. January 1998 - December 2000, Chief, Studies, Analysis and Gaming Division, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  15. December 2000 - August 2002, Commander, 18th Operations Group, Kadena AB, Japan
  16. August 2002 - September 2003, special assistant to U.S. European Command/Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Mons, Belgium
  17. September 2003 - June 2005, Commander, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Va.
  18. June 2005 - July 2006, Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad AB, Iraq[7]
  19. August 2006 - June 2007, Director, Operational Plans and Joint Matters, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air, Space and Information Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  20. June 2007 - August 2008, Commander, Air Force District of Washington, Andrews AFB, Md.
  21. August 2008 - August 2009, Director of Air and Space Operations, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
  22. August 2009 – March 2012, Commander, 3rd Air Force, Ramstein AB, Germany
  23. April 2012 – August 2013, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff (United States), Headquarters United States Air Force at the Pentagon, Andrews AFB, Md.
  24. August 2013 – present, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Africa; Commander, Air Component Command, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and Director, Joint Air Power Competency Centre, Kalkar, Germany

Awards and decorations[edit]

Brig. Gen. Frank Gorenc and Donald Rumsfeld
Gorenc shakes hands with Donald Rumsfeld in Balad, Iraq
Brig. Gen. Frank Gorenc awards a soldier injured in the line of duty a Purple Heart
Gorenc awards a soldier a Purple Heart in Balad, Iraq
COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
USA Parachutist.png Parachutist Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Airman's Medal
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges. Bronze Star Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Silver oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
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Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Width-44 ribbon with the following stripes, arranged symmetrically from the edges to the center: width-2 black, width-4 chamois, width-2 Old Glory blue, width-2 white, width-2 Old Glory red, width-6 chamouis, width-3 myrtle green up to a central width-2 black stripe Southwest Asia Service Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Other achievements
2006 Joseph A. Moller Trophy, Air Combat Command's Outstanding Wing Commander
Gorenc, as commander of the Air Force District of Washington, receives two star epaulets from his children, during his promotion ceremony.
Gorenc, as commander of the Air Force District of Washington, receives two star epaulets from his children, during his promotion ceremony.

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General  2 August 2013
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  24 August 2009
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General 1 February 2008
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General 1 October 2005
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel 1 September 1998
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel 1 March 1994
US-O4 insignia.svg Major 1 June 1990
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain 30 May 1983
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant 30 May 1981
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant 30 May 1979

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force document "General Frank Gorec Biography".

  1. ^ http://www.airn.nato.int/bios/breedlove_eng%20Jul12.htm
  2. ^ a b c "Biographies : Lieutenant General Frank Gorenc". Af.mil. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  3. ^ 2nd Lt. Rachel Sherburne (17 June 2005). "New one-star joins two-star brother". Af.mil. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  4. ^ "News Release: General Officer Assignments". Defense.gov. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  5. ^ This story was written by Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes. "3rd Air Force welcomes new commander". Lakenheath.af.mil. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  6. ^ http://www.usafa.org/heritage/DG/2003DG.pdf
  7. ^ United States. "332d Air Expeditionary Wing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 

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