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First Name: Richard

Last Name: Cody

Birthplace: Montpelier, VT, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: A.

Date of Birth: 02 August 1950

Rank: General

Years Served: 1972-2008
Richard A. Cody

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1972

•  Gulf War (1990 - 1991)
•  Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom) (2001 - present)


Richard A. Cody
General, U.S. Army

Richard A. Cody was born on 2 August 1950 in Montpelier, VT. He attended the U.S. Military Academy and graduated with the Class of 1972. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. 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 U.S. Army War College. Cody is a Master Aviator with over 5,000 hours of flight time, and is an Air Assault graduate.

Cody spent 32 years in a variety of command and staff assignments. His 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, TX; Commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, KY; Commander, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, Combined Field Army, Korea; and Director, Flight Concepts Division.

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 (AVIM), 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, GA.

He was serving as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3, U.S. Army when he was selected as the 31st Vice Chief of Staff of the Army. He served in that assignment from 24 June 2004 to 31 July 2008.

General Richard A. Cody retired from active Army service on 1 August 2008.

Medals, Awards & Badges

Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Medal with Award Numeral "3"
Army Commendation Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Army Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 3
NATO Medal (Yugoslavia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Army Valorous Unit Award
Master Army Aviator Badge
Air Assault Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge


General Cody and his wife, Vicki, 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 to honor the Codys. It is called the Cody Child Development Center and is located at Fort Myer, VA.

Honoree ID: 209   Created by: MHOH




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