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RICHARDS SWORN IN AS FAA ADMINISTRATOR

 RICHARDS SWORN IN AS FAA ADMINISTRATOR
 WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas C. Richards, a veteran


pilot and retired Air Force four-star general who served on the President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism, has been sworn in as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
 Richards succeeds James B. Busey, who moved from FAA to become deputy secretary of transportation last December, before his June 19 departure from DOT.
 As head of the FAA, Richards, who was sworn in June 27, will direct a force of more than 52,000 employees who write and enforce safety regulations, certify pilots and aircraft, and operate the nation's air traffic control and navigation systems.
 "We are pleased to welcome Gen. Richards to the Department of Transportation," said Secretary of Transportation Andrew H. Card Jr. "I am confident that he will bring to the FAA the same distinction, competence and leadership that marked his military career."
 Richards, who retired from the Air Force in October 1989, began his military career in the Army in 1948 and served as an infantryman in the Korean War. In Korea he rose to the rank of platoon sergeant and was wounded twice.
 After being discharged from the Army, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. He graduated in 1956 and was awarded a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force and was sent to flight school.
 After earning his wings, he was assigned to a series of bombardment squadrons where he logged more than 5,000 hours in B-47s and B-52s. He also was an aircraft commander during the first B-52 combat mission over Vietnam.
 From October of 1967 to January of 1968, Richards served as a forward air controller in Vietnam, flying out of the Bien Hoa air base near Saigon. He served a subsequent tour of duty as a forward air controller flying out of Thailand. In all, he flew a total of 624 combat missions while in Southeast Asia.
 When he retired he was deputy commander-in-chief of the U.S. European Command. Prior to that he was commander of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force base in Alabama, vice-commander of the 8th Air Force, Strategic Air Command, at the Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, and commandant of cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
 Richards, who was born in San Diego, is married and has six children.
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