USAFA gets new commandant of cadets

The U.S. Air Force Academy will get a new commander Monday.

Brig. Gen. Gregory J. Lengyel becomes the Air Force Academy’s 26th Commandant of Cadets in a ceremony June 25 at the Academy.

He replaces Brig. Gen. Richard M. Clark.

Lengyel will take on the role of Commandant of Cadets, commanding the 4,200-member Cadet Wing and more than 300 Air Force and civilian support personnel. He will also oversee the cadet military training, supervise cadet life activities and provide support to cadet facilities and logistics.

Lengyel comes to the Academy from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO, in Mons, Belgium, where he was the executive officer to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

He is a 1985 distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Texas A&M University.

Lengyel is a career special operations pilot and has participated in contingency operations in Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prior to his assignment as the executive officer to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, the general was the 1st Special Operations Wing commander at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

After Monday’s change of command ceremony, Clark will depart the Academy for an assignment to be announced at a later date, with a promotion to major general.