Brigadier General Gregory J. Lengyel
Commandant of Cadets
Brig Gen Gregory J. Lengyel was a distinguished graduate of the Texas A&M University Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1985. He is a career special operations pilot who has flown the UH-1H/N helicopter, MH-53J/M helicopter and CV-22B aircraft operationally, and has participated in contingency operations in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 1994, General Lengyel earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama. General Lengyel has commanded at the squadron, joint special operations air component and wing levels, with more than 16 months of combat command in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. He has also completed joint staff tours at U.S. Special Operations Command and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. General Lengyel’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. General Lengyel assumed command of the cadet wing in June 2012.
“Our cadet wing is an amazing group of diverse young men and women from all corners of our nation. Character is central to leadership, and serves as the foundation of our United States Air Force Core Values, and the Cadet Wing Honor Code, which states: ‘We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.’ The bar is set high, and we expect our cadets to lead and live honorably, and have the forthright integrity to do the right thing, especially in the face of adversity. The Academy’s military training and academic curriculum is world-class, and prepares graduates to meet the challenges of military service. It is not easy to get into the Academy, and it is even tougher to get through it…but the rewards are great for those who are committed, assertive and resilient.”