Senate confirms new USAFE commander

by Lt. Col. Carl Grusnick
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs
Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc
Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc

Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc, currently the assistant vice chief of staff and director, Air Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C, has received U.S. Senate confirmation for appointment to the grade of general and commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa and Allied Air Command, and director of Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Ramstein Air Base.

Gorenc was born in Ljubliana, Slovenia, and has been serving in his current position since April
2012. As the assistant vice chief of staff, he oversees the administration and organization of the air staff, which develops policies, plans and programs, establishes requirements and provides resources to support the Air Force mission.

“I am pleased and humbled to receive the Senate confirmation,” Gorenc said. “I have roots in Europe and as an Airman have been fortunate enough to spend three tours there, most recently as the commander of 3rd Air Force.”

“I’m proud to again serve with the dedicated men and women who perform the mission in this important theater.”

Gorenc received his commission in 1979 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and has since earned his master’s degrees in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle and national security strategy from the National War College.

He has been assigned to numerous operational, command and staff positions and has completed four overseas tours. He has commanded two fighter squadrons, an operations group, two fighter wings and a numbered air force.

Additionally, he has served as Commander of the Air Force District of Washington, Director of Air and Space Operations, Air Combat Command, and special assistant to the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.

Gorenc is a command pilot with more than 4,500 hours, primarily in the F-15C. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.