Retired Nov. 1, 1967.
General Chickering began his military career after graduating from Lehigh University in 1935. During World War II he was appointed commander of the 357th Fighter Group which he led in combat from England. In June of 1944 he went into Normandy with advance elements of the Ninth Tactical Air Force and subsequently was named commander of the 367th Fighter Group in Europe.
Following the war he became an instructor at the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. He attended the Air War College, graduating in 1950.
During the Korean conflict, General Chickering served as deputy commander of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School at Las Vegas, Nev., and later as commander of the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Kimpo, Korea.
On his return to the United States, he became deputy chief of staff for operations of the Ninth Air Force, Fort Bragg, N.C. In 1954 he was assigned as commander of the 405th Fighter Bomber Wing and commander of Langley Air Force Base, Va. In 1957 these organizations were merged into the 836th Air Division which he commanded.
General Chickering was assigned as chief of staff for operation of the Pacific Air Forces in 1958 and in August of 1959 took command of the Pacific Air Forces Base Command, the Hawaiian Air Defense Division and Hickam Air Force Base.
On return to the mainland in 1961, he was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and later to the Office of the Secretary of Defense on a special project with the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. At present, General Chickering is assigned as chief of staff to the U.S. Representative to the NATO Military Committee and Standing Group.