Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc assumed command of 3rd Air Force at a ceremony Monday at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Gorenc replaced Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove, who has moved on to his new job at the Pentagon as deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at U.S. Air Force headquarters.

In his last assignment, Gorenc was director of air and space operations at Air Combat Command headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

A command pilot with more than 4,100 flying hours, Gorenc has commanded a fighter squadron, an operations group, a fighter wing and an air expeditionary wing. He’s a 1979 distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Along with its headquarters staff, 3rd Air Force comprises 10 wings, three groups and the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center, consisting of more than 27,000 personnel.

Gorenc will direct air, space and cyberspace operations of all U.S. Air Force members engaged in contingency and wartime operations in U.S. European Command’s area of responsibility.

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