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First Name: Arthur

Last Name: Lichte

Birthplace: Bronx, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: J.

Date of Birth: 20 April 1949

Rank: General

Years Served: 1971-2010
Arthur J. Lichte


Arthur J. Lichte

General, U.S. Air Force

Arthur J. Lichte was born on 20 April 1949 in the Bronx, NY, where he graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School and entered the U.S. Air Force in 1971 as a distinguished graduate of Manhattan College's AFROTC program.

During his Air Force career, General Lichte held command positions at squadron, group and wing levels. In addition to his command experience, Lichte has held headquarters-level assignments at Strategic Air Command, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command. Lichte also served as Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Force Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC, where he was responsible for Air Staff organization and administration, served as Deputy Chairman of the Air Force Council, and was the Air Force accreditation official for the Corps of Air Attachés.

On 7 September 2007, Lichte was promoted to the four-star rank of General and assigned as Commander, Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB, IL.

General Lichte retired from the Air Force on 1 January 2010. During his service, he became a Command Pilot with over 5,000 flying hours in various aircraft, including the C-5, C-17, C-20, C-21, C-32, C-37, C-130, EC/RC-121, KC-10, KC-135, UH-1N and VC-137.


1971 Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Manhattan College, New York, NY
1978 Master's degree in Systems Management, University of Southern California
1978 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
1989 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC
1994 Program for Senior Officials in National Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2002 Revolutions in Business Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA


1. October 1971 - October 1972, student, undergraduate pilot training, Sheppard AFB, TX.
2. October 1972 - May 1975, EC-121 pilot, 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, McClellan AFB, CA.
3. May 1975 - July 1981, co-pilot, Aircraft Commander, Flight Commander, Standardization and Evaluation Aircraft Commander, later, KC-135 Training Flight Instructor Pilot, 380th Air Refueling Squadron, Plattsburgh AFB, NY.
4. July 1981 - July 1985, Assistant Chief, Tanker Resource Management Team; Chief, Tanker Career Management Section; Chief, Operations-Maintenance Squadron Commander Management Branch; Chief, Special Assignments Activity Branch; later, Chief, Selective Assignments Activity Branch, Headquarters SAC, Offutt AFB, NE.
5. July 1985 - August 1988, KC-10A Flight Commander, later, Operations Officer, later, Commander, 9th Air Refueling Squadron, March AFB, CA.
6. August 1988 - June 1989, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC.
7. June 1989 - January 1990, Deputy Chief, Strategic Forces Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington.
8. January 1990 - June 1991, Executive Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington.
9. June 1991 - April 1992, Assistant Deputy Commander for Operations, 2nd Bombardment Wing, Barksdale AFB, LA.
10. April 1992 - July 1993, Commander, 458th Operations Group, Barksdale AFB, LA.
11. July 1993 - July 1995, Executive Officer to the Commander, USTRANSCOM, and to the Commander, AMC, Scott AFB, IL.
12. August 1995 - November 1996, Commander, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, WA.
13. November 1996 - January 1999, Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews AFB, MD.
14. January 1999 - April 2000, Director of Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington.
15. April 2000 - December 2002, Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters AMC, Scott AFB, IL.
16. December 2002 - June 2005, Vice Commander, USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany.
17. July 2005 - August 2007, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Force Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington.
18. September 2007 - present, Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL.

Summary of Joint Assignments

July 1993 - July 1995, Executive Officer to the Commander, USTRANSCOM, and to the Commander, AMC, Scott AFB, IL, as a Colonel.

Promotion Dates

Second Lieutenant - 23 May 1971
First Lieutenant - 3 April 1973
Captain - 3 October 1975
Major - 1 August 1983
Lieutenant Colonel - 1 March 1986
Colonel - 1 December 1991
Brigadier General - 1 April 1996
Major General - 1 July 1999
Lieutenant General - 1 January 2003
General - 7 September 2007

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Medal (3 Awards)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2 Awards)
Meritorious Service Medal (4 Awards)
National Order of Merit (France)


Command Pilot Badge


Inducted into the Order of the Sword, U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command

Honoree ID: 770   Created by: MHOH




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