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GENERAL JOSEPH L. LENGYEL

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General Joseph L. Lengyel serves as the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he serves as a military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and is the Department of Defense’s official channel of communication to the Governors and State Adjutants General on all matters pertaining to the National Guard. He is responsible for ensuring that the more than 453,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland and to provide combat ready resources to the Army and Air Force.

Prior to his current assignment, General Lengyel served as the Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau.

General Lengyel was commissioned in 1981 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at University of North Texas. He served in various operational and staff assignments, primarily as an F-16 Instructor Pilot and Weapons Officer. His experience in the F-16 includes tours in Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, United States Air Forces in Europe and the Texas Air National Guard.  He has commanded a fighter squadron, operations group, air expeditionary group and the Air National Guard Readiness Center. General Lengyel is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours primarily in the F-16. Additionally, General Lengyel served as the Senior United States Defense Official; Chief, Office of Military Cooperation; and Defense Attaché, Cairo, United States Central Command, Cairo, Egypt.

EDUCATION

1981 Bachelor's degree in chemistry, University of North Texas, Denton
1984 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1988 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
1994 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
2001 Air War College, by correspondence
2008 Fellow, National Security Management Course, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, N.Y.
2009 Fellow, Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2010 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2010 Fellow, Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2011 Master of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2015 Leadership at the Peak, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2016 Fellow, Pinnacle Course, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2016 Fellow, General and Flag Officers Homeland Security Executive Seminar, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. March 1982 - March, 1983, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2. March 1983 - May 1983, Student, fighter lead-in training, Holloman AFB, N.M.
3. May 1983 - January 1984, Student, F-16 upgrade training, MacDill AFB, Fla.
4. January 1984 - April 1986, Instructor Pilot, Nellis AFB, Nev.
5. April 1986 - April 1987, Instructor Pilot Flight Examiner, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
6. April 1987 - June 1987, F-16C conversion training, Luke AFB, Ariz.
7. June 1987 - September 1991, Instructor Pilot, and Chief of Weapons, 512th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
8. September 1991 - September 1995, Instructor Pilot Flight Examiner and Weapons Officer, 182nd Fighter Squadron, Texas Air National Guard, Kelly AFB, Texas
9. September 1996 - June 1997, Commander, 149th Operations Support Flight, 149th Operations Group, Kelly AFB, Texas
10. June 1997 - October 1998, Operations Officer, 182nd Fighter Squadron, Kelly AFB, Texas
11. October 1998 - October 1999, Commander, 182nd Fighter Squadron, Kelly AFB, Texas
12. October 1999 - February 2002, Commander, 149th Operations Group, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
13. February 2002 - June 2004, Vice Commander, 149th Fighter Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
14. June 2004 - September 2004, Commander, 455th Expeditionary Operations Group, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan
15. September 2004 - September 2006, Air National Guard Advisor to Commander, United States Air Force in Europe
16. September 2006 - September 2008, Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews AFB, Md.
17. September 2008 - June, 2009, Deputy Director, Air National Guard, Arlington, Va., and Commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews AFB, Md.
18. June 2009 - July 2010, Military Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
19. July 2010 - June 2011, Vice Commander, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
20. June 2011 - August 2012, Senior U.S. Defense Official; Chief, Office of Military Cooperation and Defense Attaché, Cairo, U.S. Central Command, Cairo, Egypt
21. August 2012 - August 2016, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C.
22. August 2016 – present, Chief, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2011 - August 2012, Senior United States Defense Official; Chief, Office of Military Cooperation and Defense Attaché, Cairo, U.S. Central Command, Cairo Egypt, as a major general
2. August 2012 - August 2016, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., as a lieutenant general
3. August 2016 - present, Chief, National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C., as a general

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 3,000
Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38 and F-16

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal 
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal 
Air Force Achievement Medal 
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Short)
Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Long) with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with seven oak leaf clusters)
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with 1 Silver Hourglass)
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze star
Air Force Training Ribbon

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1983 Distinguished graduate, undergraduate pilot training
2009 Maj. Gen. I.G. Brown Command Excellence Award
Multiple civilian pilot ratings, including Airline Transport Pilot

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Dec. 21, 1981
First Lieutenant Dec. 21, 1983
Captain Dec. 21, 1985
Major Dec. 13, 1994
Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 23, 1998
Colonel Sept. 18, 2002
Brigadier General Sept. 26, 2008
Major General April 1, 2011
Lieutenant General  Aug. 18, 2012
General Aug. 3, 2016

(Current as of August 2016)

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