Richard A. Cody
|Richard A. Cody|
General Richard A. Cody
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
August 2, 1950 |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1972–2008|
|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
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.
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.
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, Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Medals and awards 
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Army Distinguished Service Medal|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)|
|Distinguished Flying Cross|
|Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)|
|Air Medal (with Award numeral "3")|
|Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)|
|Army Achievement Medal|
|Air Assault Badge|
|Master Army Aviator Badge|
|Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
Post-army career 
Cody joined L-3 Communications in 2008. He is currently a Senior Vice President of L-3 Communications over Washington Operations.
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.
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.
The Codys have twin sons, Clint and Tyler. Both sons are Army officers and helicopter pilots.
See also 
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Richard A. Cody|
- U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, Tribute To Retiring Gen Richard A. Cody, August 1, 2008
- Army Aviation Association of America, Hall of fame Biography, Richard A. Cody, 2009
- Skybridge Alternative Conference, Speakers biography, Richard A. Cody, 2013
- U.S. Army, Army Communities of Excellence program, 2008, page 18
- L-3 Communications, General Richard A. Cody Promoted to Corporate Senior Vice President, June 20, 2011
- Board of Directors, Hope for the Warriors, retrieved 2011-11-04
- Gina Cavallaro, Army Times, Va. Post to Name Day Care for Cody, Wife, January 8, 2009
- Gina Cavallaro, Army Times, A Cody Family Bond, June 15, 2008
- 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.
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