Richard A. Kidd
9th Sergeant Major of the Army
Richard A. Kidd, the ninth sergeant major of the Army, was sworn in on July 2, 1991, and served until his term expired in June of 1995. He was born in Morehead, Ky., on June 24, 1943.
His assignments include two combat tours in Vietnam (1966-67 & 1970-71) and multiple tours in Korea and Europe. Before becoming the ninth sergeant major of the Army, he was command sergeant major of I Corps (America's Corps) & Fort Lewis, Wash. Among his other assignments, he has been command sergeant major for numerous organizations. These included the 9th Aviation Battalion; 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry; commandant, 1st Armored Division; and 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; 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized); and 9th Infantry Division (Motorized).
Kidd's awards and decorations include the 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 Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm), Army Staff Identification Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Badge and Special Forces Tab.