Orlando Llenza

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Orlando Llenza
Born 1930 (age 86–87)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Puerto Rico Air National Guard.JPEG Puerto Rico Air National Guard
Years of service 1977-1983
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg
Major General
Unit 9th Air Refueling Squadron
Commands held Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard
Battles/wars Korean War
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

Major General Orlando Llenza (born 1930) is the second Puerto Rican to reach the rank of Major General (two-star General) in the United States Air Force. Llenza served as commander of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard (PRANG).

Early years[edit]

Llenza was born to Maria Isabel Lopez and Harry B. Llenza in San Juan the capital of Puerto Rico, where he received his primary and secondary education. In 1947, he graduated from Central High School and applied for admission at Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1951 he earned his degree in Architecture and an Air Force ROTC commission.[1]

Military career[edit]

Llenza attended USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training, the Air War College, and Air Command and Staff College in Maxwell Air Force Base, among others.[1]

Korean War[edit]

F-104 - Type of aircraft flown by Llenza

During the Korean War, Llenza flew as a pilot in the 9th Air Refueling Squadron. During his career he flew the T-6 Texan, B-25 Mitchell, Boeing KB-29M tanker, KC-97 Stratofreighter tanker, T-33 Shooting Star Shooting Star, F-86 Sabre D, E, F and H models, F-104 Starfighter, and the C-47 Skytrain, C-54 Skymaster, C-131 Samaritan transports.[1]

Adjutant General of P.R. National Guard[edit]

After Llenza retired from active duty he was named Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard by Governor Carlos Romero Barceló, a position which he held from 1977 to 1983.[1] Llenza became the mission director in Ecuador for US AID from 1983-1986. As a civilian he was a successful architect with Llenza & Llenza (the other Llenza was Hector his brother).[2]

Llenza is also the recipient of many awards, including the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal and the National Order of Merit-Ecuador.[1] The now-retired General Llenza is the Chairman of the American Veterans' Committee for Puerto Rico Self-Determination. Llenza is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Council for Puerto Rico Statehood.[3]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Among Llenza's decorations and medals were the following:


Foreign award

National Order of Merit-Ecuador

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • "Puertorriquenos Who Served With Guts, Glory, and Honor. Fighting to Defend a Nation Not Completely Their Own"; by : Greg Boudonck; ISBN 1497421837; ISBN 978-1497421837

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