HomeNewsArticle Display

New one-star joins two-star brother

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Maj. Gen. Stanley Gorenc (left) and his brother, Brig. Gen. Frank Gorenc, are two of 271 general officers in the active-duty Air Force of more than 350,000.  The two-star general is director of operational capabilities requirements in Washington, and his younger brother will be the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander at Balad Air Base, Iraq.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha Willner)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Maj. Gen. Stanley Gorenc (left) and his brother, Brig. Gen. Frank Gorenc, are two of 271 general officers in the active-duty Air Force of more than 350,000. The two-star general is director of operational capabilities requirements in Washington, and his younger brother will be the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander at Balad Air Base, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha Willner)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFPN) -- As Maj. Gen. Stanley Gorenc watched his younger brother, Brig. Gen. Frank Gorenc, pin on his first star, they became two of 271 general officers in the active-duty Air Force out of its more than 350,000 Airmen

The younger brother was promoted during a frocking ceremony June 15 as he relinquished command of the 1st Fighter Wing here. He is headed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, to command the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing.

The two-star brother, director of operational capabilities requirements in Washington, said the occasion was “inspiring.”

While they do not know for sure whether they are the first set of brothers to serve as generals at the same time, they do believe they are the first Slovenian-born brothers to serve together as generals in the U. S. Air Force.

The brothers immigrated with their parents to the United States from the former Yugoslavia in 1962 when they were 8 and 4.

After arriving in America, their father worked as a tailor, and their mother served as a factory machine operator.

General Gorenc said that he and his older brother were required to go to summer school each year simply because the opportunity for education existed and was available.

“We didn’t know the language,” the two-star said. “We didn’t know the culture, and we came to learn (that) the United States is truly a land of opportunity.”

Frank went to visit his older brother, then a freshman cadet, during Parents’ Weekend at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and there he developed his first interest in the Air Force.

“As a freshman in high school walking on the academy campus, you couldn’t help but be inspired,” the younger brother said.

Coming from a lower middle-class background, the opportunities seemed boundless.

During the frocking ceremony, the new general said he sees the Air Force as his calling, and has been “living the dream” for 26 years.

“I’ve been chasing (my brother) through the ranks since he graduated from the academy,” he said. “He sets the bar pretty high.”

Having lost their father and mother, the two brothers remain especially close. They said they often discuss Air Force issues with each other and share advice.

Although each has had unique assignments throughout his career, the two command pilots agree on the importance of accomplishing the mission and taking care of the people.

The new general said he and his brother “understand the value of the Airman to making the mission happen. We believe in empowerment, in letting people do their jobs and letting them grow. Sometimes people make mistakes, but you help them learn and then move forward.”

The elder brother said their parents’ advice was simple, with the guiding principle of, “Do your best.”

“It’s a good philosophy, no matter what role or job you have if you in fact do your best,” he said. “If you do the best you can in the United States, you will in fact be successful.

“We are the classic example of America being the land of opportunity,” he said. “We are just glad to do the job, and we’re honored to serve our country.”

“If Mom and Dad were here today, they’d be proud of both of us,” the new general said. (Maj. Patricia Traynor contributed to this report.)

Engage

Facebook Twitter
The #TotalForce is here and representing at #ASC19. Here's a lineup of tomorrow's events. https://t.co/vxAw3uzlVR
USAF is speaking with #Airmen attending #ASC19 and learning more about their conference experiences. Watch to hear… https://t.co/x5bYJT3oxA
#ICYMI, some of our stellar #Airmen were honored today at the #ASC19 with an awards ceremony. See them here: https://t.co/aqPYQqyiS6
#DrWillRoper: These are the things we need to trend in our #USAF. We need to make these go viral. #deftAFhttps://t.co/p4OUvVMSwi
To maintain a competitive acquisitions system we have to change as the world changes. https://t.co/r4vx6BDgS8
.@ActingSecAF: It truly has been an honor of a lifetime to serve with you these last few months as Acting Secretary… https://t.co/xugoAsWNQq
.@ActingSecAF: We’re building a 21st century force for the Information Age & we can’t do it w/o you. Your ideas, yo… https://t.co/XyKxI3AFQJ
.@ActingSecAF: As @GenDaveGoldfein has maintained, victory is not a birthright, it has to be fought for! America ha… https://t.co/WBlqoHveh4
.@ActingSecAF: Data, information, technology…these are the things that will ensure we compete, deter & win against… https://t.co/tO9igNFFlF
.@ActingSecAF: If the entire @DeptofDefense transitioned to conditioned based mx we could save as much as $15B/yr.… https://t.co/OGFAxl94FM
.@ActingSecAF: We kicked off an initiative in the #USAF working w/ industry to install & sustain #5G networks at 10… https://t.co/rUb5MMrCFv
.@ActingSecAF: The government must spin on tech advancements from industry & the private sector. The same tech that… https://t.co/gMOSFfM2V5
.@ActingSecAF: The #DigitalAF is a transformation in the way we employ data, tech, & infrastructure to remain dominant in the 21st century.
.@ActingSecAF: Instead of relying on one specific platform for future C2, we’re developing a robust open architectu… https://t.co/JfMwoMlQu0
.@ActingSecAF: It will take true teamwork across all forces and domains to meet the difficult challenges posed by future adversaries.
.@ActingSecAF: Victory in combat will depend less on discrete warfighting platforms & more on the networks, data, a… https://t.co/KmrtRj4CRH
.@ActingSecAF: It’s time we truly harness the power of the Information Age and reclaim our significant competitive technological advantage.
.@ActingSecAF: While we need to get bigger, we must also get better. #AirForceWeNeed