Richard A. Cody

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Richard A. Cody
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General Richard A. Cody
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Born (1950-08-02) August 2, 1950 (age 72)
Montpelier, Vermont
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1972-2008
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held101st Airborne Division
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division
1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Battles/warsOperation Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (5)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (5)
Other workCorporate Executive, L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.

Richard Arthur "Dick" Cody[1] (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[edit]

General Cody at a press conference in 2007

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.[2]

Prior to serving as Vice Chief of Staff, Cody spent 32 years in a variety of command and staff assignments, including Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (G-3) on the Headquarters, department of the Army staff. 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.[3]

Cody 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.[4]

Medals and awards[edit]

US Army Master Aviator Badge.png Master Army Aviator Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge[5]
101 Avn Rgt DUI.png 101st Aviation Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Defense Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal
U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal
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 Medal 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.svgAward numeral 3.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
Valorous Unit Award
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with Service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 3.svg Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 3
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Post-army career[edit]

Cody joined L3 Technologies in 2008. As of 2017, he continued with L3 as Senior Vice President of Washington Operations.[6] In 2013, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y.[7]

General Cody serves as the Chairman of the Board for Homes For Our Troops, a 4 Star related 501c3 organization that builds mortgage free, specially adapted custom homes for severely wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Cody is a Trustee on the Board of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a 4 Star rated 501c3 that has built and gifted back to the military the Center For the Intrepid Amputee Research and Treatment center at Brooke Army Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center For Excellence (NICOE) PTSD/mTBI research and treatment center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and 3 of the planned 8 Intrepid Spirit satellite centers to the NICOE. He is also on the Advisory Council of Hope For The Warriors, a 4 Star rated 501c3 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.[8]


In 1975, Cody married Vicki Lyn Heavner in Burlington, Vermont.[9] They have two sons, Clint and Tyler who are active duty Army Officers and Apache helicopter pilots. General Cody is of Lebanese heritage. 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.[10]


  1. ^ "Richard Arthur Cody". West Point Association of Graduates. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  2. ^ U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, Tribute To Retiring Gen Richard A. Cody, August 1, 2008
  3. ^ Army Aviation Association of America, Hall of fame Biography, Richard A. Cody, 2009
  4. ^ Skybridge Alternative Conference, Speakers biography, Richard A. Cody, 2013
  5. ^ U.S. Army, Army Communities of Excellence program, 2008, page 18
  6. ^ L-3 Communications, General Richard A. Cody Promoted to Corporate Senior Vice President, June 20, 2011
  7. ^ New York Institute of Technology
  8. ^ Board of Directors, Hope for the Warriors, archived from the original on 2011-11-13, retrieved 2011-11-04
  9. ^ "Vermont Marriage Records, 1909-2008 for Richard Arthur Cody and Vicki Lyn Heavner". Provo, UT: LLC. August 30, 1975.
  10. ^ Gina Cavallaro, Army Times, Va. Post to Name Day Care for Cody, Wife, January 8, 2009
  • 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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Military offices
Preceded by Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
June 24, 2004 – July 31, 2008
Succeeded by