Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army

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Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Flag of the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army.svg
Gen. Allyn 2014 2.jpg
GEN Daniel B. Allyn

since August 15, 2014
Formation September 18, 1947
First holder GEN J. Lawton Collins
Website Official Website

The Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army (VCSA) is the principal deputy to the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and is the second-highest-ranking officer on active duty in the Department of the Army. The vice chief of staff generally handles the day-to-day administration of the Army Staff bureaucracy, freeing the chief of staff to attend to the interservice responsibilities of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. By statute, the vice chief of staff is appointed as a four-star general in the United States Army while so serving. He is the Army's designated representative to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC). When the chief of staff is killed or incapacitated, the vice chief serves as acting chief.[1][2]


The senior leadership of the U.S. Department of the Army consists of two civilians, the Secretary of the Army and the Under Secretary of the Army, as well as two commissioned officers, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff and the U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff.

Under the supervision and direction of the Secretary of the Army, the vice chief of staff assists the chief of staff on missions and functions related to auditing, inspector general, legislative, and public affairs. The vice chief of staff also assists the chief of staff in the management of U.S. Army installations and facilities. The vice chief of staff represents the Army at the Office of the Secretary of Defense in areas relating to the vice chief of staff's responsibility and U.S. Army capabilities, requirements, policy, plans, and programs in joint fora. The incumbent vice chief of staff is General Daniel B. Allyn.

While serving as chairman, joint chiefs of staff/vice chairman, joint chiefs of staff, Chief of Naval Operations, Commandant of the Marine Corps, U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force chiefs of staff, commander of a unified or specified combatant command, basic pay is $20,263.50 per month or $220,263.50 a year plus allowances granted to officers.

List of Vice Chiefs of Staff of the Army (1947–present)[edit]

# Name Photo Term began Term ended Notes
1. LTG (GEN) J. Lawton Collins[3] Joseph Lawton Collins.jpg 1947 1949 Chief of Staff, 1949–53. U.S. Representative to NATO, 1953–54. Special Representative in South Vietnam, 1954–55. U.S. Representative to NATO, 1955–56. Retired, 1956.
2. GEN Wade H. Haislip Wade Haislip.jpg 1949 1951 Retired, 1951.
3. GEN John E. Hull John E Hull.jpg 1951 1953 Commander of Far East Command during Korean War, 1953–55. Retired, 1955.
4. GEN Charles L. Bolte Charles L Bolte.jpg 1953 1955 Retired, 1955.
5. GEN Williston B. Palmer Williston B Palmer.jpg 1955 1957 Deputy Commander, United States European Command, 1957–59. Director of Military Assistance, United States Department of Defense, 1959–60. Retired, 1960.
6. GEN Lyman L. Lemnitzer Lyman L. Lemnitzer.jpg 1957 1959 Chief of Staff, 1959–60. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1960–62. Supreme Allied Commander Europe, 1963–69. Retired, 1969.
7. GEN George H. Decker GEN George Decker.jpg 1959 1960 Chief of Staff, 1960–62. Retired, 1962
8. GEN Clyde D. Eddleman Clyde Davis Eddleman.jpg 1960 1962 Retired, 1962.
9. GEN Barksdale Hamlett Barksdale Hamlett.jpg 1962 1964 Retired, 1964.
10. GEN Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. GEN Creighton W Abrams.JPG 1964 1967 Deputy Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, 1967–68. Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, 1968–72. Chief of Staff, 1972–74. Died, 1974.
11. GEN Ralph E. Haines Jr. Ralph E Haines.jpg 1967 1968 Commander, United States Army Pacific, 1968–70. Commander, Continental Army Command, 1970–73. Retired, 1973.
12. GEN Bruce Palmer, Jr. GEN Bruce Palmer.jpg 1968 1973 Acting Chief of Staff, July–October, 1972. Commander, United States Readiness Command, 1973–74. Retired, 1974.
13. GEN Alexander M. Haig Jr. General Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr.jpg January 1973 May 1973 White House Chief of Staff, 1973–74. Supreme Allied Commander Europe, 1974–79. Retired, 1979. Secretary of State, 1981–82.
14. GEN Frederick C. Weyand Frederick C Weyand.jpg 1973 1974 Chief of Staff, 1974–76. Retired, 1976.
15. GEN Walter T. Kerwin, Jr. WalterKerwin.JPG 1974 1978 Retired, 1978.
16. GEN Frederick J. Kroesen Frederick Kroesen VCSA.JPG 1978 1979 Commander, United States Army Europe, 1979–83. Retired, 1983.
17. GEN John W. Vessey, Jr. Gen John Vessey Jr.JPG 1979 1982 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1982–85. Special emissary to Vietnam for missing American service personnel, 1985–96.
18. GEN John A. Wickham, Jr. General John Wickham, official military photo 1988.JPEG 1982 1983 Chief of Staff, 1983–87. Retired, 1987.
19. GEN Maxwell R. Thurman MaxwellThurman VCSA.JPEG 1983 1987 Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, 1987–89. Commander, United States Southern Command, 1990–91. Retired, 1991.
20. GEN Arthur E. Brown Arthur E Brown.jpg 1987 1989 Retired, 1989.
21. GEN Robert W. RisCassi Robert RisCassi 4 Star Photo.jpg 1989 1990 Commander, Eighth United States Army, 1990–92, Commander, United States Forces Korea, 1992–93. Retired, 1993.
22. GEN Gordon R. Sullivan Gordon Sullivan VCSA.JPEG 1990 1991 Chief of Staff, 1991–95. Retired, 1995.
23. GEN Dennis J. Reimer Dennis Reimer, official military photo 1991.JPEG 1991 1993 Commander, Forces Command, 1993–95. Chief of Staff, 1995–99. Retired, 1999.
24. GEN J. H. Binford Peay III BinfordPeay.JPEG 1993 1994 Commander, Central Command, 1994–97. Retired, 1997.
25. GEN John H. Tilelli John H Tilelli.jpg 1994 1995 Commander, Forces Command, 1995–96, Commander, U.S. Forces Korea, 1996–99. Retired, 2000.
26. GEN Ronald H. Griffith Ronald H Grffith.jpg 1995 1997 Retired, 1997.
27. GEN William W. Crouch William W Crouch.jpg 1997 1998 Retired, 1998.
28. GEN Eric K. Shinseki Eric Shinseki official portrait.jpg November 24, 1998 June 21, 1999 Chief of Staff, 1999–2003. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2009–14.
29. GEN John M. Keane Jack Keane.jpg June 22, 1999 October 16, 2003 Retired, 2003.
30. GEN George W. Casey, Jr. Casey Vice Chief of Staff.jpg October 17, 2003 June 23, 2004 Commander Multi-National Force – Iraq, 2004–07. Chief of Staff, 2007–11. Retired, 2011.
31. GEN Richard A. Cody Richard A Cody.jpg June 24, 2004 July 31, 2008 Retired, 2008.
32. GEN Peter W. Chiarelli GEN Peter W Chiarelli.jpg August 4, 2008 January 31, 2012 Retired, 2012.
33. GEN Lloyd J. Austin III General Lloyd Austin III.jpg January 31, 2012 March 8, 2013 Commander, United States Central Command, 2013–present.
34. GEN John F. Campbell Campbell 2013 2.jpg March 8, 2013 August 8, 2014[4] Commander, International Security Assistance ForceAfghanistan, 2014–present.
35. GEN Daniel B. Allyn Gen. Allyn 2014 2.jpg August 15, 2014 Incumbent[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "General Richard Cody - Vice Chief of Staff Army". Archived from the original on September 12, 2007. Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ "WAIS Document Retrieval". Retrieved September 22, 2007. 
  3. ^ Hewes, Jr., James E. (1983) [1975]. ""Appendix B"". From Root to McNamara Army Organization and Administration. Special Studies. Washington, D.C.: United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved September 23, 2007. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Hinnant, Jim (15 August 2014). "Milley takes FORSCOM colors as Army's new vice chief of staff departs Fort Bragg". The United States Army. Retrieved 17 August 2014.