Gregory “Greg” Lengyel is a senior national security executive with significant global experience leading in the U.S. military’s special operations community and within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2018 as Major General with 33 years of service.
Major General (Ret.) Lengyel most recently served as the Deputy Commander, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), leading a 1,750 member headquarters team in a multi-service environment to conduct strategic planning and solve our nation’s hardest problems.
As Commander, Special Operations Command Europe, he was the senior U.S. military officer for all U.S. special operations forces in Europe. He completely refocused his command to counter Russian aggression, coercion, and malign influence, and simultaneously built, trained, exercised, and led a cohesive team of 9 NATO Allies for a year-long commitment to respond to crisis anywhere in the world on short notice.
He has also served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, and as the Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy Major General (Ret.) Lengyel has commanded at every almost every level in the Air Force and joint special operations aviation community. He has flown 4,000 hours in helicopters, tilt-rotor, and fixed-wing aircraft.
Major General (Ret.) has a BS in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University and an MS in International Relations from Troy University. He is a graduate of the Air War College, Joint Forces Staff College, CAPSTONE, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course,
and served as a National Defense Fellow at The Brookings Institution. He is the only Air Force officer to be designated by the Secretary of the Army as an Honorary Member of the Psychological Operations Regiment.
He is the founder and Senior Partner at Leading-Edge Vortex LLC, a New Braunfels, TX, based national security, defense, and management consulting firm. He also serves as Vice President for Government Relations and Business Development at Sandoval Custom Creations Inc., an industry leader in providing video surveillance systems to federal, state, and local law enforcement.