Arthur Lichte

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Arthur J. Lichte
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General Arthur J. Lichte
Commander, Air Mobility Command
Born (1949-04-20) April 20, 1949 (age 66)
Bronx, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1971-2010
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held 9th Air Refueling Squadron
92d Air Refueling Wing
89th Airlift Wing
Air Mobility Command
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (4)

Arthur James Lichte (born April 20, 1949) was a four-star general in the United States Air Force.


General Lichte hails from The Bronx, New York, where he graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School and entered the Air Force in 1971 as a distinguished graduate of Manhattan College's ROTC program. During his Air Force career, General Lichte has held command positions at squadron, group and wing levels. He is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in various aircraft, including the C-17, C-20, C-21, C-32, C-37, C-130, EC/RC-121, KC-10, KC-135, UH-1N and VC-137. In addition to his command experience, General Lichte has held headquarters-level assignments at Strategic Air Command, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command.

General Lichte served as Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Force Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., 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.

His last military assignment was as the commander of Air Mobility Command based in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois from September 2007 to November 20, 2009. Air Mobility Command's mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces. The command also plays a crucial role in providing humanitarian support at home and around the world. The men and women of AMC - active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians - provide airlift, aerial refueling, special air mission and aeromedical evacuation for all of America's armed forces.

He effectively retired from the Air Force on January 1, 2010 with over 38 years of military service.[1]



  1. October 1971 - October 1972, student, undergraduate pilot training, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  2. October 1972 - May 1975, EC-121 pilot, 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, McClellan AFB, California
  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, New York
  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, Nebraska
  5. July 1985 - August 1988, KC-10A flight commander, later, operations officer, later, Commander, 9th Air Refueling Squadron, March AFB, California
  6. August 1988 - June 1989, student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
  7. June 1989 - January 1990, Deputy Chief, Strategic Forces Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  8. January 1990 - June 1991, executive officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  9. June 1991 - April 1992, Assistant Deputy Commander for Operations, 2nd Bombardment Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
  10. April 1992 - July 1993, Commander, 458th Operations Group, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
  11. July 1993 - July 1995, executive officer to the Commander, USTRANSCOM, and to the Commander, AMC, Scott AFB, Illinois
  12. August 1995 - November 1996, Commander, 92nd Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild AFB, Washington
  13. November 1996 - January 1999, Commander, 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews AFB, Maryland
  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, D.C.
  15. April 2000 - December 2002, Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters AMC, Scott AFB, Ill.
  16. December 2002 - June 2005, Vice Commander, USAFE, Ramstein AB, Germany
  17. July 2005 - August 2007, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  18. September 2007 - November 2009, Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.

Flight information[edit]

Major awards and decorations[edit]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Ordre national du Merite Chevalier ribbon.svg National Order of Merit of France

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

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