Frank Gorenc
United States general
Frank Gorenc
Lieutenant General Frank "Gork" Gorenc is Commander, Third Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. As the U.S. Air Forces in Europe component numbered air force for U.S. European Command, 3rd Air Force supports the USAFE and EUCOM commanders both at the operational and tactical level directing all USAFE forces engaged in contingency and wartime operations in the EUCOM area of responsibility.
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Russia Is Beefing Up Its Air Defenses, Top U.S. Air Force General Says
NPR - about 1 year
Commander of Air Force operations in Europe and Africa, Gen. Frank Gorenc, is concerned about the buildup of Russian missile defenses, saying they threaten NATO military access to airspace in Europe.
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Air Force General Says Russia Missile Defense ‘Very Serious’
NYTimes - about 1 year
Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of Air Force operations in Europe and Africa, said the Russian strategy, known as anti-access/area denial, or A2/AD, was among the most worrisome trends he had seen.
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C2-Forward concept enhances combat capability - defpro
Google News - almost 6 years
Frank Gorenc, the 3rd AF commander. "Using C2-Forward concepts, we have built a forward air liaison and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance cell ensuring United States air, space and cyber power is maximized in support of (Operation Unified
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Google News - almost 6 years
La cerimonia di avvicendamento si e' svolta ad Aviano alla presenza del Luogotenente generale Frank Gorenc, comandante del 3/o Air Force di stanza a Ramstein (Germania), che ha consegnato la bandiera a Zobrist dopo averla ricevuta da Brown
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  • 2013
    Age 55
    The general is a command pilot with more than 4,100 flight hours in the T-38A, F-15C, MQ-1B, UH-1N and C-21A. He assumed his current assignment on August 2, 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 54
    Gorenc relinquished command of 3rd Air Force to Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin, 30 March 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Since April 2012, Gorenc has served as the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Staff, Headquarters United States Air Force at the Pentagon. General Gorenc retired after 37 years and 4 months of service on 1 October 2016. Other achievements Publications
  • 1979
    Age 21
    Gorenc earned his commission in 1979 as a distinguished graduate from the United States Air Force Academy.
    More Details Hide Details He has commanded a fighter squadron, an operations group, two wings and the Air Force District of Washington. Gorenc has served in numerous positions at Air Combat Command, in the Pentagon on the Air Staff and The Joint Staff, and at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe as the special assistant to the Commander USEUCOM/SACEUR. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Director of Air and Space Operations, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA. As a Brigadier General, Gorenc was the Director of Operational Plans and Joint Matters, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air, Space and Information Operations, Plans and Requirements at the Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC. He was responsible for developing and integrating operational strategies, organization concepts, policies and plans supporting aerospace power employment. The General's six divisions orchestrated Air Force participation in joint and regional war and mobilization planning communities, as well as operator and warfighter talks with allies and sister services. He oversaw the Air Force's concept of operations development as well as its interface with Joint Staff and National Security Council issues. Prior to assuming this position, he was Commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq.
  • 1962
    Age 4
    Gorenc was born in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, present day Slovenia. Frank and his older brother, Stanley immigrated with their parents to the United States from the former Yugoslavia in 1962 when they were 8 and 4.
    More Details Hide Details After arriving in America, their father worked as a tailor, and their mother served as a factory machine operator. Gorenc said that he was required to go to summer school each year simply because the opportunity for education existed and was available. "We didn’t know the language," Frank 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.
  • 1957
    Born on October 14, 1957.
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