Retired March 1, 1987.
Major General (Dr.) Arthur J. Sachsel is assistant surgeon general for dental services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Suchsel was born in 1926, in New York City and graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School, Springfield, N.J., in 1944. He attended the University of Michigan and received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School in 1950.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and served as a general dental officer with the 1254th Military Air Transport Service, Washington, D.C. In February 1951 he was assigned to the 36th Fighter-Bomber Wing, Furstenfeldbruck Air Base, Germany. The general left the Air Force in June 1953 and opened private dental practice in Garwood, N.J. In July 1956 he returned to the Air Force and served as chief of restorative dentistry at the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Bolling Air Force Base, D.C., until August 1957. The general then transferred to the Air Force hospital, Zaragoza Air Base, Spain, first as a general dentist and later as base dental surgeon.
Returning to the United States in August 1960, he entered an Air Force-sponsored residency in periodontics at Ohio State University. In June 1962 he was assigned to the Air Force hospital at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., where he served successively as staff periodontist, chief of periodontics; and assistant base dental surgeon.
From July 1966 to January 1969, the general was assigned to the Air Force dispensary at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, as chief of periodontics. He then returned to the United States and served successively as chief of periodontics, assistant base dental surgeon, base dental surgeon and director of dental intern training at the U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill. He remained there until July 1974, when he became base dental surgeon and director of dental intern training at the regional hospital at March Air Force Base, Calif. In August 1979 the general returned to Germany as Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe's assistant for dental services at Ramstein Air Base. He assumed his present duties in October 1982.
His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters.
The general is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontics, American Society of Forensic Odontology, American Association of Dental Schools, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity.
He was promoted to major general Jan. 1, 1984, with date of rank Sept. 1, 1980.