Lt. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich is Commander, Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central), Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, and the Combined Forces Air Component Commander for U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia. In these roles, the general is responsible for developing contingency plans and conducting air operations in a 21-nation area of responsibility covering Central and Southwest Asia.
Lt. Gen. Grynkewich received his commission in 1993 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has served as an instructor pilot, weapons officer and operational test pilot in the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-22 Raptor. Lt. Gen. Grynkewich has commanded at the squadron, wing and Air Expeditionary Task Force levels. His staff assignments include service at Air Combat Command, U.S. European Command, U.S. Central Command, Headquarters Air Force, and the Joint Staff. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director of Operations for U.S. Central Command.
1993 Bachelor of Science, Military History, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1994 Master of Arts, History, University of Georgia, Athens
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery, Ala., by correspondence
2006 Master of Arts, Homeland Security, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
2006 Air War College, Montgomery, Ala., by correspondence
2010 Master of Science, Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Norfolk, Va.
2012 Leadership Enhancement Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.
2013 Executive Space Operations Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2014 Capitol Hill Workshop, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
2014 Enterprise Leadership Program, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2017 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2018 Combined Forces Air Component Commander's Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2019 Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander's Course, Naval Support Activity Bahrain
2019 Combined/Joint Forces Land Component Commander's Course, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
2020 Advanced Senior Leader Development Seminar, Warrenton, Va.
2021 U.K. Pinnacle, Royal College for Defense Studies, London, England
1. June 1993–August 1994, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology Civilian Institutions Program, University of Georgia, Athens
2. September 1994–September 1995, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
3. October 1995–August 1996, Student, F-16C Replacement Training Unit, 63rd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
4. September 1996–July 1999, F-16 Pilot and Chief of Training, 18th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
5. August 1999–December 2001, F-16 Instructor Pilot, Standardization and Evaluation Flight Examiner, and Flight Commander, 421st Fighter Squadron, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
6. January 2002–January 2003, F-16C Instructor Pilot and Chief of Weapons, 80th FS, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea
7. February 2003–August 2005, F-16C Operation Test and Evaluation Instructor Pilot, F-22A Operational Test and Evaluation and Instructor Pilot, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron; Chief, F-22A Standardization and Evaluation, 53rd Test and Evaluation Group; Director of Operations, 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron, 53rd Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. September 2005–December 2006, Intermediate Developmental Education Student, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
9. January 2007–December 2007, Chief, Interoperability Branch, Fifth Generation Fighter Division; Executive Officer, Directorate of Requirements (A8), Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
10. January 2008–June 2009, Commander, 49th Operations Support Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
11. July 2009-June 2010, Senior Developmental Education Student, Joint Advanced Warfighting School, Norfolk, Va.
12. July 2010–May 2012, Joint Operational Planner; Chief, Crisis Response Branch, Plans Division (J35); Chief, Plans Division (J35), Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany
13. June 2012–May 2013, Vice Commander, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
14. May 2013–June 2015, Commander, 53rd Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla.
15. June 2015–June 2016, Chief, Strategic Planning Integration Division, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
16. June 2016–June 2017, Deputy Director for Operations, Operations Team Three, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
17. June 2017–April 2019, Deputy Director, Global Operations (J39), J-3, the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
18. April 2019–May 2020, Deputy Commander for Operations, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, and Commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force - Levant, Southwest Asia
19. June 2020–June 2022, Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
20. July 2022–present, Commander, Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central), and Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. July 2010–May 2012 Joint Operational Planner; Chief, Crisis Response Branch, Plans Division (J-35); Chief, Plans Division (J-35), Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, as a lieutenant colonel and colonel
2. June 2016–June 2017, Deputy Director for Operations, Operations Team Three, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a brigadier general
3. June 2017–April 2019, Deputy Director for Global Operations (J-39), J-3, the Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a brigadier general
4. April 2019–May 2020, Deputy Commander for Operations, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, and Commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force - Levant, Southwest Asia, as a major general
5. June 2020–June 2022, Director of Operations, U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., as a major general
6. July 2022–present, Combined Forces Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 2,300
Primary aircraft flown: F-16C, F-22A
Other aircraft flown: B-1B, B-2A, B-52H, C-17A, E-9A, F-15D, F-15E, HH-60G, MC-12W, MQ-1B, MQ-9A, QF-4E, T-38A, TU-2S
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Unit Award
Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device and oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Armed Force Expeditionary Service Medal
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
French National Order of Merit
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant June 2, 1993
First Lieutenant June 2, 1995
Captain June 2, 1997
Major Aug. 1, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 2007
Colonel Sept.1, 2011
Brigadier General May 24, 2017
Major General Dec. 1, 2019
Lieutenant General July 21, 2022
(Current as of October 2022)