Arthur Lichte

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Arthur J. Lichte
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Major General Arthur J. Lichte
Born (1949-04-20) April 20, 1949 (age 70)
Bronx, New York
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service1971–2010
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General (Reduced from US-O10 insignia.svgGeneral)
Commands held9th Air Refueling Squadron
92d Air Refueling Wing
89th Airlift Wing
Air Mobility Command
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal (4)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (4)

Arthur James Lichte (born April 20, 1949) is a former four-star general in the United States Air Force, retroactively demoted to two stars.


He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Manhattan College, New York City, New York in 1971 and his master's degree in systems management from University of Southern California in 1978. He attended Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB in Alabama in 1978 and the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C. in 1989.

In 1994 he attended the Program for Senior Officials in National Security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2002 he attended the Revolutions in Business Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.


General Lichte was born in 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 Air Force 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]

On April 23, 2010, Airbus announced General Lichte joined the board of EADS North America. [2]

Sexual assault allegations[edit]

In August 2016 it was revealed in Stars & Stripes that Lichte is the subject of a sexual assault investigation being conducted by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations based on claims by one of his former female subordinates.[3] The case was initially reported by John Q. Public, an independent blog that focuses on the Air Force. The blog said it had obtained an internal Air Force document that described a complaint filed earlier this year by a female colonel that her commander had “used his power to coerce sexual contact” three times between April 2007 and April 2009. The report said the senior officer at one point led Air Mobility Command, which has headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, which is about 20 miles east of St. Louis in Illinois.[4] Linda Card, a spokeswoman for the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations, confirmed the investigation of the allegations against Lichte but would not comment further or provide additional details about the case. On completion of the investigation, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, issued a letter of reprimand and initiated a board determination of what grade General Lichte had satisfactorily served in prior to his retirement. On 1 February 2017, it was announced the General Lichte was retroactively retired in the grade of Major General.[5]


  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]

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png Air Force Command Pilot Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
"V" device, brass.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (Fifth award requires second ribbon due to accouterment spacing)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Combat Readiness Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
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 service stars
Bronze star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two service stars
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Bronze star
Kosovo Campaign Medal with one service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Oak leaf cluster, bronze.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svgSilver oakleaf-3d.svgOak leaf cluster, bronze.svg Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Ordre national du Merite Chevalier ribbon.svg National Order of Merit of France (grade unknown)
  • Order of the Sword, Air Mobility Command.

Effective dates of promotion/demotion[edit]


  1. ^ "Official Air Force Bio".
  2. ^ "EADS North America names retired Air Force General Arthur J. Lichte to its Board of Directors". Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  3. ^ "What happens when 4-star Air Force general is accused of sexual assault?".
  4. ^ "Air Force investigating sexual assault report against 4-star general".
  5. ^ "Retired Air Force General Retroactively Retired to Major General Following Findings of Misconduct". Secretary of the Air Force Air Force Public Affairs. February 1, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017.

External links[edit]

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