RG Global Lifestyles, Inc. announced signing an agreement with Brig. General Steve Ritchie, USAF, Ret. to become a member of the Board of Advisors of Aquair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of RG Global Lifestyles, Inc., and for General Ritchie to represent on a part time basis Aquair's clean water technology sales in the military, government and corporate markets.
General Ritchie, who three decades ago flew more than 800 combat hours in the F-4 Phantom during 339 missions over Southeast Asia, is an American hero. He is the only Air Force pilot "ace" of the air war in Vietnam. He is the only American pilot to down five MiG-21s, the most sophisticated fighters in the fleet of the North Vietnamese. When he left the Air Force in 1974 as a decorated combat veteran--among his decorations are the Air Force Cross, four Silver Stars, 10 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 25 Air Medals.
In addition to being one of the most decorated combat pilots in history, General Ritchie has worked with and for a number of America's most distinguished government, business and political leaders, and is an acclaimed public speaker who has addressed more than 5,000 audiences over the past 40 years. General Ritchie has also served in the Reagan Administration as a member of the Senior Executive Service, Washington, D.C.
Born in North Carolina, at age 63, General Ritchie still flies high-performance airplanes, skydives, scuba dives, rides motorcycles, swims, lifts weights, and occasionally plays golf. He makes Colorado Springs his home with his 19-year old son, Matt, who is currently training in the Air Force Special Forces.
General Ritchie commented with, "Having had the unique opportunity to travel over 5 million miles and covering all 50 states and 38 countries, I have personally witnessed the growing need for safe drinking water all around the world. In addition, the capture and reuse of condensate has become critically important in view of ever-decreasing water supplies." He added, "This new technology is a win-win for all. It is a-political, environmentally safe, cost effective, humanely important, economically viable, and increasingly necessary to a wide cross section of business and industry. Thus, I predict a ground swell of support from local, state, and international governments in the relatively near future."
General Ritchie, who recently spoke at the Rotary Club in San Antonio, Texas, made reference to a statement by Glen E. Estess, Sr., president of the Water Resources Task Force of Rotary International, as follows: "The Water Resources Task Force will provide information and support for Rotary clubs and districts to increase awareness of the important of conservation and development of water resources in all parts of the world."
Louis L. Knickerbocker, Chairman and CEO of RG Global Lifestyles, Inc., said, "General Ritchie is uniquely qualified to assist Aquair as a member of its Board of Advisors and brings a background of vast experience in a diverse cross section of disciplines to Aquair."