Daytona Beach Campus


Air Force Gen. Arthur Lichte to Speak at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Commencement

Daytona Beach, FL, November 16, 2012

Commencement Speaker Arthur Lichte DB Campus

Gen. Arthur Lichte

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will hold a commencement ceremony for 411 students from its Daytona Beach Campus at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Arthur Lichte, a member of Embry-Riddle’s Board of Trustees who serves on the Flight Safety & Education committee and the Audit committee.

Before his retirement in 2010, Lichte was commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC) at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Composed of active-duty military, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians, AMC provides rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America’s armed forces, including airlift, aerial refueling, special air mission and aeromedical evacuation. The command also handles humanitarian support at home and around the world.

During his Air Force career, Lichte held command positions at squadron, group and wing levels. As a command pilot he racked up more than 5,000 hours flying 12 types of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. In addition to his command experience, he also held headquarter-level assignments at Strategic Air Command, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command.

Before his assignment as AMC commander, Lichte was Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director of Air Force Staff at U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In that role he was responsible for Air Staff organization and administration, was deputy chairman of the Air Force Council and was the Air Force accreditation official for the Corps of Air Attaches.

His major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters and France’s National Order of Merit.

During the Daytona Beach commencement ceremony, Lichte will receive Embry-Riddle’s Eagle of Aviation Award in recognition of his significant contributions to aviation.

The following commencement-related activities will be held on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus at 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. unless noted otherwise.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
10 a.m., Emil Buehler Aviation Maintenance Science Building, third-floor deck.

Senior Lift Off -- Alumni Welcome Reception
7 p.m., Daytona 500 Experience, 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Master’s Hooding Ceremony
10 a.m., ICI Center.

Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
5 p.m., Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center.

Catholic Mass
7 p.m., Interfaith Chapel.

Monday, Dec. 17

Commencement Ceremony
10 a.m., Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave. (State Road A1A), Daytona Beach.

Naval ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
3:30 p.m., Willie Miller Instructional Center auditorium.

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