Richard A. Kidd
|Richard A. Kidd|
SMA Richard A. Kidd
June 24, 1943 |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1962-1995|
|Rank||Sergeant Major of the Army|
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Special Forces Tab
His assignments include two combat tours in Vietnam (1966-67 & 1970-71) and multiple tours in Korea including 1st Sgt of B Company 1/32nd Infantry Regiment (Buccaneers) Camp Howze Korea (which was the only front line military unit approved by the US Congress at the time) and Europe. Before becoming the Sergeant Major of the Army, he was Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of I Corps & Fort Lewis, Fort Lewis, Washington. Among his other assignments, he has been Command Sergeant Major for numerous organizations,. These included CSM of the 9th Aviation Battalion; 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry; Commandant, 1st Armored Division, NCO Academy, Katterbach, Germany. He returned to Fort Lewis after his tour in Germany and served consecutively as CSM of the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment; 3d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized); and 9th Infantry Division (Motorized).
Awards and decorations
|Combat Infantryman Badge|
|Master Parachutist Badge|
|Special Forces Tab|
|Army Staff Identification Badge|
|Expert Marksmanship Badge|
|23rd Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia|
|Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster|
|Bronze Star Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters|
|Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|Army Good Conduct Medal with 1 gold Good Conduct Loops|
|National Defense Service Medal with service star|
|Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars|
|NCO Professional Development with award numeral 4|
|Army Service Ribbon|
|Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 4|
|Vietnam Gallantry Cross with bronze star|
|Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation|
|Vietnam Campaign Medal|
- 11 Service stripes.
Since military retirement, Kidd continues to serve the military community and has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Civilian Service Award, the 2005 Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal and in 2006 he received the Doughboy Award for his outstanding contributions to the United States Army Infantry.
In 2007, Kidd was Vice President, GEICO Field Representative Sales Management/Military Department. In 2010 Kidd retired from GEICO and lives in Virginia.
Julius W. Gates
|Sergeant Major of the Army
Gene C. McKinney
This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "http://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/former/sma_bio9.html".
The Sergeants Major of the Army, Daniel K. Elder, Center of Military History, United States Army Washington, D.C. 2003.