Stanley Gorenc

Major General Stanley Gorenc is a retired United States Air Force General who last served as the Air Force Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He developed, executed and evaluated all Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention, and nuclear surety programs to preserve combat readiness. Additionally, he was responsible for conducting research to promote safety awareness and mishap prevention, oversaw mishap investigations, evaluated corrective actions, and ensured implementation. Finally, he managed, developed, and directed all Air Force safety and operational risk management education courses.[1]

Stanley Gorenc
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Maj Gen Stanley Gorenc
Bornc. 1954
Brezovica, SFR Yugoslavia
AllegianceUnited States United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service1975–2007
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
AwardsAir Force Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
RelationsGen Frank Gorenc, brother

Early lifeEdit

General Gorenc was born in Brezovica, Yugoslavia, present day Slovenia. Stanley and his younger brother, Frank 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.[2]

Military careerEdit

General Gorenc earned his commission in 1975 as a graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. He has commanded a flying training squadron, fighter operations group and three wings: a training wing responsible for the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program, a reconnaissance wing responsible for the Air Force's entire high-altitude reconnaissance fleet, and, for several months, the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing responsible for conducting combat operations in Southwest Asia. He also commanded United States Air Forces Europe for six months.

General Gorenc has served in various operational and staff assignments, including a tour as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force. Prior to his last assignment, he served as Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air, Space and Information Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

General Gorenc retired on July 1, 2007.

EducationEdit

1975 Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1979 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
1985 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1986 Royal Air Force Staff College, Royal Air Force Bracknell, England
1988 Master's degree in aeronautical science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, Florida
1993 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2002 Black Sea Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2004 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

PublicationsEdit

"Dynamic Commitment: Wargaming Projected Forces Against the QDR Defense Strategy," Strategic Forum, National Defense University Press, 1997[3]

AssignmentsEdit

  1. July 1975 - August 1976, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi
  2. September 1976 - November 1976, student, fighter lead-in training, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico
  3. December 1976 - June 1977, student, F-4E combat crew training, George Air Force Base, California
  4. July 1977 - July 1980, F-4E aircraft commander and unit plans and readiness officer, 496th Tactical Squadron, Hahn Air Base, West Germany
  5. July 1980 - September 1983, T-38 instructor pilot, wing flight examiner and chief, T-38 Air Operations Branch, German air force undergraduate pilot training, later Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
  6. September 1983 - December 1985, Command Flight Examiner, Standardization and Evaluation Division, Headquarters Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  7. December 1985 - December 1986, student, Royal Air Force Staff College, Royal Air Force Bracknell, England
  8. January 1987 - January 1989, U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force Officer Exchange Program and air operations staff officer, Headquarters Royal Air Force Support Command, Royal Air Force Brampton, England
  9. January 1989 - April 1990, Chief, Standardization and Evaluation Division, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  10. April 1990 - May 1991, operations officer, 560th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  11. May 1991 - July 1992, Commander, 54th Flying Training Squadron, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
  12. August 1992 - June 1993, student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  13. July 1993 - June 1995, Deputy Commander, later, Commander, 56th Operations Group, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona
  14. July 1995 - November 1997, Chief, Studies, Analysis and Gaming Division, J-8, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
  15. November 1997 - May 1999, Commander, 80th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
  16. May 1999 - September 2000, Vice Commander, Headquarters 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan
  17. September 2000 - March 2003, Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California (December 2001 - February 2002, Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia)
  18. March 2003 - February 2004, Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters U. S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  19. February 2004 - October 2004, Commander, Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  20. October 2004 - July 2006, Director, Operational Capability Requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air, Space and Information Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  21. July 2006 – present, Air Force Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

Flight informationEdit

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,250 hours
Aircraft flown: F-4E, F-15E, F-16, T-37, T-38, U-2, and the British Aerospace Hawk

Awards and decorationsEdit

  US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
  Headquarters Air Force Badge
  Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
  Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
  Bronze Star Medal
  Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
  Joint Service Commendation Medal
  Air Force Commendation Medal
  Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
  Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four bronze oak leaf clusters
  Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
  Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
  Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze service star
  Air Force Training Ribbon

Other achievementsEdit

1982 Instructor Pilot of the Year, Air Training Command
Distinguished graduate, pilot instructor training, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
Top Crew award, F-4 conversion training, George Air Force Base, California
Chief of Staff Award, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Effective dates of promotionEdit

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
  Major General[4] February 1, 2004
  Brigadier General August 1, 2000
  Colonel February 1, 1994
  Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 1989
  Major May 1, 1985
  Captain June 4, 1978
  First Lieutenant June 4, 1977
  Second Lieutenant June 4, 1975

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