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Victor E. Renuart, Jr
General Victor Renuart
Born November 26, 1949 ( 1949 -11-26) (age 72)
Place of birth Miami, Florida
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1971-2010
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held U.S. Northern Command
North American Aerospace Defense Command
Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia
9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Southwest Asia
347th Wing
52nd Fighter Wing
76th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Battles/wars Desert Storm
Enduring Freedom
Iraqi Freedom
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (5)
Air Medal (3)
Aerial Achievement Medal (4)
Air Force Commendation Medal (2)
Air Force Achievement Medal (2)
Combat Readiness Medal (2)
National Defense Service Medal (3)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal (3)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Victor Eugene "Gene" Renuart, Jr., (born November 26, 1949) is a retired United States Air Force four-star general. His last military assignment was as the commander of United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) which he concurrently served as the commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)[1] from March 23, 2007, to May 19, 2010. Prior to that, he served as Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, the Joint Staff. Renuart retired from the Air Force on July 1, 2010, after over 39 years of service.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Renuart entered the Air Force in 1971 following graduation from Indiana University. He was commissioned through the Officer Training School in 1972 and attended Undergraduate Pilot Training. He has commanded a fighter squadron, a NATO support group, a fighter wing and a composite wing. He served as Commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and supported Operation Deny Flight as Director of Plans for the NATO Combined Air Operations Center at Headquarters 5th Allied Tactical Air Force. In addition, he commanded Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA) and 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Southwest Asia (9 ASETF) at Eskan Village in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he was responsible for the control and execution of Operation Southern Watch. Renuart then served as the Director of Operations (CCJ3) at Headquarters, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) at MacDill AFB, Florida, and the USCENTCOM Forward Headquarters at Camp As Saliyah in Doha, Qatar, where he oversaw the planning and execution of all joint and allied combat, humanitarian assistance and reconstruction operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served as Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), where he was responsible for Air Force and Air Component Commander activities for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM). He has flown combat missions in Operations Desert Storm, Deny Flight, Northern Watch and Southern Watch.

Prior to assuming his final position, Renuart was the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy for the Joint Staff (J5) and Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense. He provided strategic intelligence, policy guidance and planning focus to develop and execute the National Military Strategy in support of worldwide national security operations, politico-military affairs, international negotiations and organizational issues through coordination with the combatant commands, the services, OSD, defense agencies, other U.S. government agencies and international organizations.

Education[edit | edit source]

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Assignments[edit | edit source]

  1. January 1972 - March 1973, student, undergraduate pilot training, 3640th Pilot Training Wing/38th Flying Training Wing, Laredo AFB, Texas
  2. March 1973 - July 1976, T-37 instructor pilot, 29th Flying Training Wing, Craig AFB, Alabama
  3. July 1976 - September 1979, assistant professor of aerospace studies (Air Force ROTC Detachment 225, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
  4. September 1979 - April 1980, student, AT-38 and A-10 training, Holloman AFB, New Mexico, and Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
  5. May 1980 - June 1982, A-10 instructor pilot and flight commander, 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Bentwaters, England
  6. June 1982 - July 1984, operations officer, Detachment 2, 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, Detachment 2, Leipheim Air Base, West Germany
  7. July 1984 - November 1985, operations inspector, Office of the Inspector General, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, West Germany
  8. November 1985 - September 1986, executive officer to the Inspector General, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, West Germany
  9. September 1986 - July 1991, Chief of Wing Inspections, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing, later, operations officer, later, Commander, 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, England AFB, Louisiana
  10. July 1991 - July 1992, student, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
  11. July 1992 - March 1993, Director of Assignments, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
  12. March 1993 - October 1994, Commander, Headquarters Support Group, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, NATO, Ramstein AB, Germany
  13. October 1994 - June 1995, executive to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Operations Directorate, and senior U.S. representative, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, NATO, Ramstein AB, Germany (November 1994 - May 1995, Director of Plans, NATO Combined Air Operations Center, 5th Allied Tactical Air Force, Vicenza, Italy)
  14. June 1995 - April 1996, Assistant Director of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany
  15. April 1996 - June 1998, Commander, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
  16. July 1998 - March 2000, Commander, 347th Wing, Moody AFB, Georgia
  17. April 2000 - May 2001, Commander, Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia and Commander, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Southwest Asia, U.S. Central Command, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  18. June 2001 - November 2003, Director of Operations (J-3), U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Florida
  19. December 2003 - August 2005, Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
  20. August 2005 - August 2006, Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
  21. August 2006 - February 2007, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  22. March 2007 – May 2010, United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

Flight information[edit | edit source]

Major awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.png Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with bronze oak leat cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
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Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device, silver, and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (second ribbon required due to accouterment spacing)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
Width-44 ribbon with the following stripes, arranged symmetrically from the edges to the center: width-2 black, width-4 chamois, width-2 Old Glory blue, width-2 white, width-2 Old Glory red, width-6 chamouis, width-3 myrtle green up to a central width-2 black stripe
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze star
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Training Ribbon
Canadian Meritorious Service Cross (as per Canadian Forces General Order 058/10 031613Z) (not worn)
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Effective dates of promotion[edit | edit source]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General March 23, 2007
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  January 1, 2004
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General August 1, 2000
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General August 1, 1997
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel November 1, 1992
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1987
US-O4 insignia.svg Major December 1, 1983
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain January 12, 1976
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant January 12, 1974
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant January 12, 1972

References[edit | edit source]

  1. NORAD move raises security concerns The Washington Times, 27 March 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2011

External links[edit | edit source]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Timothy J. Keating
Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command
&
Commander of the United States Northern Command

March 23, 2007 - May 19, 2010
Succeeded by
ADM James A. Winnefeld, Jr.


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