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Richard A. Cody
General Richard A. Cody
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Born August 2, 1950(1950-08-02) (age 72)
Place of birth Montpelier, Vermont
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1972–2008
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held 101st Airborne Division
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Battles/wars Operation Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (5)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (5)
Other work Corporate Executive, L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.

Richard A. Cody (born August 2, 1950) is a retired United States Army general who served as the 31st Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army from June 24, 2004, to July 31, 2008. He retired from the Army on August 1, 2008.

Early life and career

Cody was born in Montpelier, Vermont, on August 2, 1950. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in 1972 from the United States Military Academy. His military education includes completion of the Transportation Corps Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; the Aviation Maintenance Officer Course; the AH-1, AH-64, AH-64D, UH-60, and MH-60K Aircraft Qualification Courses; the Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College. Cody is a Master Aviator with over 5,000 hours of flight time, and is an Air Assault School graduate.[1]

General Cody at a press conference in 2007.

Prior to his current assignment, Cody spent 32 years in a variety of command and staff assignments, most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3, United States Army. Other key assignments include Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell; Director, Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters, Department of the Army; Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Hawk, Tirana, Albania; Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Commander, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, Combined Field Army, Korea; and Director, Flight Concepts Division.[2]

Cody has served several tours with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as Commander, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (Attack) during Operation Desert Storm; Aviation Brigade Executive Officer, 101st Aviation Brigade; Battalion Executive Officer and Company Commander in the 229th Attack Helicopter Battalion, and Battalion S-3 in the 55th Attack Helicopter Battalion. He served as a platoon commander in the 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry and A Company (Attack), 24th Aviation Battalion and as Commander, E Company (Aviation Intermediate Maintenance [AVIM]), 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.[3]

Medals and awards

Defense Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal (with Award numeral "3")
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
US Army Master Aviator Badge.png Master Army Aviator Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
GeneralStaffID.gif Army Staff Identification Badge[4]

Post-army career

Cody joined L-3 Communications in 2008. He is currently a Senior Vice President of L-3 Communications over Washington Operations.[5]

General Cody serves on the Advisory Council of Hope For The Warriors, a national non-profit dedicated to provide a full cycle of non-medical care to combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen from each military branch.[6]


Cody and his wife are both avid golfers, and spent much of their free time while stationed at Fort Campbell on the base's golf course. Vicki has written a book about military life for military families. The military's largest Child Development Center (CDC) is named after the Codys. It is called the Cody Child Development Center, which is located on Fort Myer, Virginia.[7]

The Codys have twin sons, Clint and Tyler. Both sons are Army officers and helicopter pilots.[8]

See also


  1. U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, Tribute To Retiring Gen Richard A. Cody, August 1, 2008
  2. Army Aviation Association of America, Hall of fame Biography, Richard A. Cody, 2009
  3. Skybridge Alternative Conference, Speakers biography, Richard A. Cody, 2013
  4. U.S. Army, Army Communities of Excellence program, 2008, page 18
  5. L-3 Communications, General Richard A. Cody Promoted to Corporate Senior Vice President, June 20, 2011
  6. "Board of Directors". Hope for the Warriors. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  7. Gina Cavallaro, Army Times, Va. Post to Name Day Care for Cody, Wife, January 8, 2009
  8. Cavallaro, Gina (June 15, 2008). "A Cody Family Bond". Army Times. 
  • The original version of this article incorporated text copied from General Richard Cody's Biography on the website of the US Army. By statute, works authored by US Government employees in the course of their duties are in the public domain.
Military offices
Preceded by
George W. Casey, Jr.
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
June 24, 2004 – July 31, 2008
Succeeded by
Peter W. Chiarelli

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