Richard A. Kidd

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Richard A. Kidd
Richard A. Kidd.jpg
SMA Richard A. Kidd
Born (1943-06-24) June 24, 1943 (age 71)
Morehead, Kentucky
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1962-1995
Rank Army-USA-OR-09a.svg Sergeant Major of the Army
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star
Air Medal
Special Forces Tab

Richard A. Kidd (born June 24, 1943, Morehead, Kentucky) was the ninth Sergeant Major of the Army. He was sworn in on July 2, 1991 and served until his term expired in June 1995.

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[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
US Army Airborne master parachutist badge.gif Master Parachutist Badge
SpecialForcesTabMetal.jpg Special Forces Tab
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
ArmyQualExpert.JPG Expert Marksmanship Badge
23INF DUI.png 23rd Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Good Conduct Medal with 1 gold Good Conduct Loops
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars
Award numeral 4.png NCO Professional Development with award numeral 4
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 4
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with bronze star
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Campaign Medal

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.

Retirement[edit]

In 2007, Kidd was Vice President, GEICO Field Representative Sales Management/Military Department. In 2010 Kidd retired from GEICO and lives in Virginia.

Military offices
Preceded by
Julius W. Gates
Sergeant Major of the Army
1991—1995
Succeeded by
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.