EADS North America names retired Air Force General Arthur J. Lichte to its Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of EADS North America has confirmed the board appointment of General Arthur J. Lichte (USAF, Retired), who brings expertise from a distinguished 38-year U.S. Air Force career.

“General Lichte’s leadership experience in command positions at squadron, group and wing levels – as well as Commander of the Air Mobility Command – will provide valuable perspectives as our company brings its proven, mission-ready solutions to America’s warfighters,” said EADS North America Chairman Ralph D. Crosby, Jr.

Lichte retired from the Air Force on January 1, 2010, completing his military service as
Commander of the Air Mobility Command. The Command's mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces, including aerial refueling, airlift, special air missions and aeromedical evacuation.

He previously served as Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director, Air Force Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., with responsibility for Air Staff organization and administration.

Lichte also was the Deputy Chairman of the Air Force Council, and was the Air Force accreditation official for the Corps of Air Attachés. In addition, his experience included assignments at the Strategic Air Command, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Transportation Command, and United States Air Forces in Europe.

As a command pilot he logged more than 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, VC-25, VC-137 and UH-1N.