National Guard

Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau

Lieutenant General Joseph L. Lengyel


Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel serves as the Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau. As Vice Chief, he assists the Chief, National Guard Bureau in ensuring nearly 460,000 Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland and to provide combat capabilities to the Army and the Air Force. He also presides over the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff and, in the absence of the Chief, National Guard Bureau or at his direction, General Lengyel performs the duties of the Chief.

Prior to his current assignment, General Lengyel served as the Senior United States Defense Official; Chief, Office of Military Cooperation; and Defense Attaché, Cairo, United States Central Command, Cairo, Egypt.

General Lengyel was commissioned in 1981 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at North Texas State University, Denton. He served in various operational and staff assignments, primarily as an F-16 Instructor Pilot and Weapons Officer. His experience in the F-16 includes tours in Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, United States Air Forces in Europe and the Texas Air National Guard. He has commanded a fighter squadron, operations group, air expeditionary group and the Air National Guard Readiness Center.

General Lengyel is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flying hours primarily in the F-16.

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(Current as of August 2012)