Gen. “Chip” Diehl reappointed to Hillsborough Aviation Authority

Late Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott re-appointed former Air Force Brigadier General Arthur “Chip” Diehl III and Gary Harrod to the authority which oversees Tampa International Airport.

Diehl was appointed in 2016 to fill a vacant seat on the five-member Hillsborough County Aviation Authority after Sam Rashid resigned his post in the wake of a social media bullying scandal. His new term will last until July 1, 2021.

Harrod is reappointed for a term beginning August 15, 2017 and ending July 1, 2021.

Diehl, 63, of Tampa, is the managing director of Diehl Associates and a retired Brigadier General with the United States Air Force. He currently serves as a member of the Florida Defense Support Task Force and the Hillsborough State College District Board of Trustee. He is also involved with the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance.

According to his firm’s website, Diehl served as Deputy Director of Engagement, Plans and Policy Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In that position, he was responsible for building and maintaining military-to-military bilateral relationships with 22 countries in the command’s area of responsibility. He also was responsible for the guidance and sustainment of more than 70 coalition nations supporting the United States in fighting the global war on terrorism. Diehl, a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1975.

The other members of the Hillsborough Aviation Authority are board chair Robert Watkins, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist, who serves as secretary.

The appointment comes amid Tampa International Airport’s nearly $1 billion expansion and strong passenger growth.

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