Richard A. Kidd

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Richard A. Kidd
Richard A. Kidd.jpg
Sergeant Major of the Army Richard A. Kidd
Born (1943-06-24) June 24, 1943 (age 78)
Morehead, Kentucky
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1962–1995
RankSergeant Major of the Army
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal (2)

Richard A. Kidd (born June 24, 1943) is a retired United States Army soldier who served as the ninth Sergeant Major of the Army. He was sworn in on July 2, 1991 and served until his term expired in June 1995.

Military career[edit]

Kidd's assignments include two combat tours in Vietnam (1966–67 and 1970–71) and multiple tours in Korea, including first sergeant of B Company 1/32nd Infantry Regiment, Camp Howze Korea and Europe. Before becoming the Sergeant Major of the Army, he was command sergeant major (CSM) of I Corps and 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
Master Parachutist badge (United States).svg Master Parachutist Badge
Einzelbild Special Forces (Special Forces Insignia).svg Special Forces Tab
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
US Army Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Generic.png Expert Marksmanship Badge
23rd Infantry Regiment 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
USA - Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award.png Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award
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.


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


Military offices
Preceded by Sergeant Major of the Army
Succeeded by