During its annual business meeting, the Airlift/Tanker Association elected two new officers to its board of officers. General Art Lichte, USAF (retired), was elected as the Chairman and Colonel Mike Cassidy, USAF (retired), was elected as the Secretary. They are replacing General Walt Kross and Colonel Dan Penny, respectively, who completed their terms on the Board of the Officers. The election was held at the 45th Annual Airlift/Tanker Association Convention/Symposium & Technology Exhibition in Orlando, October 31.
General Lichte retired on January 1, 2010, as the commander of the Air Mobility Command. He is originally from The Bronx, New York, 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 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. 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.
Colonel Cassidy retired May 1, 2012, as the Assistant Director of Operations of Air Mobility Command, prior to that Mike was Chief of Air Mobility Command’s Aircrew Standardization and Evaluation division for four years. During Mike’s career he commanded at the squadron and group levels. Mike is a command pilot and was an instructor and/or evaluator pilot in the C-130, C-141 and C-17. He was also qualified in the C-5 and KC-10 aircraft and has a total of almost 5,000 flying hours. Mike had two assignments on the Air Staff and served for over six years at Headquarters Air Mobility Command.
Other members of the Board of Officers are: President, CMSgt Mike Reynolds, USAF (Ret); Sr Vice President, Lt Gen John Sams, USAF (Ret); Vice President for Industry, Col Bob Dawson, USAF (Ret); Vice President for Programs, Col Miles Wiley, USAF (Ret); and Treasurer, Col John Murphy, USAF (Ret).
The Airlift/Tanker Association is dedicated to ensuring that American military forces continue to have the air mobility capability required to implement U.S. national security strategy.