Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Lengyel is the Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He commands the 4,000-member cadet wing and more than 300 Air Force and civilian support personnel. His responsibilities include cadet military training and airmanship education, supervising cadet life activities, and providing support to facilities and logistics.
General Lengyel earned his commission in 1985 as a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Texas A&M University. He is a career special operations pilot who has flown the UH-1H/N, MH-53J/M and CV-22B operationally, and has participated in contingency operations in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.
General Lengyel has commanded at the squadron, joint special operations air component and wing levels, with more than 16 months of combat command in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. He has also completed joint staff tours at U.S. Special Operations Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
1985 Bachelor of Science in engineering technology, Texas A&M University, College Station
1990 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Master of Science degree in international relations, Troy State University, Ala.
1997 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1999 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2001 Air War College, by seminar
2007 National Defense Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
1. September 1985 - July 1987, Satellite Officer, Headquarters U.S. Space Command, Petersen AFB, Colo.
2. August 1987 - June 1988, Student, undergraduate pilot training (helicopter), 3588th Flying Training Squadron, Fort Rucker, Ala.
3. June 1988 - June 1991, UH-1N Evaluator Pilot, Detachment 24, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
4. July 1991 - April 1992, Student, MH-53J Mission Pilot Qualification Course, 1551st Flying Training Squadron, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
5. May 1992 - May 1993, MH-53J Aircraft Commander, 31st Special Operations Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea
6. June 1993 - June 1996, Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, and MH-53J evaluator pilot, 20th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
7. June 1996 - June 1999, Assistant Director of Operations and, MH-53J/TH-53A evaluator pilot, 551st Special Operations Squadron; and Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, 58th Operations Group, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
8. July 1999 - June 2001, Policy and Strategy officer; and executive officer to the Deputy Commander in Chief, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
9. July 2001 - June 2004, Director of Operations and Commander, 21st Special Operations Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England
10. June 2004 - July 2006, Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
11. July 2006 - June 2007, National Defense Fellow, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
12. July 2007 - July 2008, Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component, Balad Joint Base, Iraq
13. August 2008 - November 2008, Special Assistant to the Director of Operations (A3), Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
14. November 2008 - June 2010, Commander, 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
15. June 2010 - June 2012, Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO, Mons, Belgium
16. June 2012 - present, Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 1999 - June 2001, Policy and Strategy Officer; and executive officer to DCINCSOC, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a major
2. June 2004 - July 2006, Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant colonel
3. July 2007 - July 2008, Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component, Balad Joint Base, Iraq, as a colonel
4. June 2010 - June 2012, Executive Officer to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO, Mons, Belgium, as a brigadier general
Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: 3,800
Aircraft flown: TH-55, UH-1H/N, TH-53A, MH-53J/M, CV-22B, Mi-17, PC-12 and U-28A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Combat Action Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant July 14, 1985
First Lieutenant July 14, 1987
Captain July 14, 1989
Major May 1, 1997
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2001
Colonel March 1, 2006
Brigadier General Jan. 14, 2011
(Current as of July 2012)