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Richard Kidd Awarded William G. Bainbridge Medal

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 7, 2005 – The Association of the United States Army will present Sergeant Major of the Army Richard A. Kidd, USA, Ret., the Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal for exceptional service to the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.

The award will be presented at the opening ceremony Oct. 3 during AUSA’s 2005 Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Washington Convention Center.

Sergeant Major of the Army Kidd’s service to America’s Army began in 1962, and throughout his distinguished military career, he demonstrated his personal commitment to the Army, the NCO Corps, our soldiers and their families.

Holding a wide and impressive variety of leadership positions, his selection as the ninth Sergeant Major of the Army was the culmination of a fulfilling career.

His stature as an unmatched role model for the countless number of NCOs and soldiers whose lives he touched and influenced was always present as he traveled hundreds of thousands of miles to be with his troops.

As a mentor and professional soldier, he has had a positive and lasting effect on the 21-century Army that he helped shape during his tours of duty in the United States, Vietnam, and Europe – and in the halls of the Pentagon as the Army Chief of Staff’s senior enlisted adviser.

Sergeant Major of the Army Kidd’s inspirational commitment to America’s Army and his remarkable and steadfast devotion to NCOs, soldiers and their families – active, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve – continued after he retired from active service.

As a Vice President of Government Employees Insurance Company’s Field Representatives, Sales Management and Military Marketing, he continues to work with soldiers, retirees and veterans – and was the driving force in GEICO’s support of the World War II Memorial.

Realizing and acknowledging the complex and confusing issues facing military retirees and veterans, Sergeant Major of the Army Kidd served as co-chairman of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Retiree Council and the Governor of Virginia’s Council of Veterans’ Affairs where he eloquently addressed these concerns with unprecedented knowledge and a firm desire to right apparent wrongs.

For more than 42 years, he has been a strong and steadfast example of the best of America’s Army.