General (Ret.) Richard A. Cody

Board Director

General Richard A. Cody, United States Army, Retired, served as L3 Technologies’ Corporate Senior Vice President of Washington Operations for 10 years until his retirement in October 2018.

Prior to joining L3, General Cody served as the 31st Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, a position he held from 2004 until his retirement from the U.S. Army in August 2008. With more than 36 years of service, General Cody has served in six of the Army’s combat divisions and has held several key staff positions to include Commander of the 160th Special Operations Regiment—the famed Night Stalkers and as the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). During Operation Desert Storm, then Lieutenant Colonel Cody led Task Force Normandy, a flight of eight Apache helicopters, into Iraq at 0200 hours on January 17, 1991, and destroyed two critical Iraqi radar sites prior to the start of the Allied Air Campaign. He has also received major military awards and decorations, including Defense Distinguished Service Medal the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with numeral 3. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, General Cody is also a Master Aviator rated in over 19 helicopters and has more than 5,000 hours of flight time. In 2009 he was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame.

General Cody is the Chairman of the Board for Homes for Our Troops; Board Trustee of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund; Board Trustee of the George C. Marshall Foundation; on the Advisory Board for Hope for the Warriors; the founder and lead pilot for Operation Flying Heroes, an organization that provides flights for Iraq and Afghanistan Wounded Warriors. General Cody is the recipient of the 2016 United States Military Academy Distinguished Graduate Award and the 2016 George C. Marshall Goodpaster Award.

General Cody is married to the former Vicki Lyn Heavner and they have two sons, Lieutenant Colonel Clint Cody and Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Cody. Both sons are active duty Army Helicopter pilots who have several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.