|Born||1930 (age 86–87)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch|| United States Air Force
Puerto Rico Air National Guard
|Years of service||1977-1983|
|Unit||9th Air Refueling Squadron|
|Commands held||Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard|
|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).
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.
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.
Adjutant General of P.R. National Guard
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. 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).
Llenza is also the recipient of many awards, including the U.S. Distinguished Service Medal and the National Order of Merit-Ecuador. 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.
Awards and decorations
Among Llenza's decorations and medals were the following:
- Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- Air Force Longevity Service Award
- Puerto Rico National Guard Distinguished Service Medal
- Florida Distinguished Service Medal
National Order of Merit-Ecuador
- List of famous Puerto Ricans
- List of Puerto Rican military personnel
- Hispanics in the United States Air Force
- "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