|Retired General from the Lebanese Armed Forces|
18 May 1943 |
Personal life and background
Katicha was born to a Greek Orthodox family in Chadra, Akkar. He attended several elementary schools in Akkar then Apôtres high school in Jounieh and Furn el-Chebek's public high school. He joined the army in 1964 and stayed until his resignation in 1999. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the Lebanese University in 1980. Between 1999 and 2008, he wrote weekly military and political analysis about regional and international topics in Al-Massira magazine and other Lebanese and Arab newspapers. He was also a frequent guest of Lebanese TVs during recent armed conflicts, namely Iraq War and July War.
Katicha followed successfully the Lebanese officer commissioning program and graduated first in his class as a Lieutenant in 1967. He then traveled to France in 1968 for a one-year training and pursued several training sessions in Lebanon, Egypt and France between 1972 and 1985.