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The vice commander for U.S. Air Forces in Europe is leaving his current post in Germany to become the Air Force assistant vice chief of staff in Washington.

Lt. Gen. Arthur Lichte will leave Europe on Thursday for his new assignment, according to a news release.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe, which oversees installations in Europe from its headquarters at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, made the announcement Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Robert D. Bishop Jr., currently the assistant deputy chief of staff for air and space operations in Washington, will replace Lichte on July 6. Bishop has been selected for promotion to lieutenant general.

Lichte, who arrived at USAFE in December 2002, is second in command to Gen. Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, the top Air Force commander in Europe.

In addition to coordinating offensive and defensive air and space operations for the U.S. European Command, he oversaw the shift of airlift capabilities from Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt to Ramstein and Spangdahlem air bases.

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