Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
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Incumbent
General Randy A. George

since August 5, 2022
United States Army
Army Staff
AbbreviationVCSA
Member ofArmy Staff
Joint Requirements Oversight Council
Reports toChief of Staff of the Army
SeatThe Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
AppointerThe President
with Senate advice and consent
Term lengthNot fixed
Constituting instrument10 U.S.C. § 3034
PrecursorDeputy Chief of Staff of the United States Army
FormationNovember 1, 1948
First holderGEN J. Lawton Collins
SuccessionFirst in Chief of Staff succession
DeputyDirector of the Army Staff
Websitewww.army.mil/

The vice chief of staff of the Army (VCSA) is the principal deputy to the chief of staff of the 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, 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.

The incumbent vice chief of staff of the Army, since August 5, 2022, is General Randy A. George.

Role

Gen. Eric Shinseki, chief of staff of the Army, swears in Gen. Jack Keane as the 29th vice chief of staff of the Army on June 22, 1999.
Gen. Eric Shinseki, chief of staff of the Army, swears in Gen. Jack Keane as the 29th vice chief of staff of the Army on June 22, 1999.

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 Army Chief of Staff and the Army Vice Chief of Staff.

Under the supervision and direction of the secretary of the Army (who in turn is under the authority, direction and control of the secretary of defense) the vice chief of staff assists the chief of staff on missions and functions related to their duties. The vice chief of staff also assists the chief of staff in the management/oversight of U.S. Army installations and facilities.

Furthermore, the vice chief of staff may also represent the Army at the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Joint Staff level in areas relating to the chief of staff's responsibility and U.S. Army capabilities, requirements, policy, plans, and programs. The vice chief of staff is the designated Army representative to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC).

If the chief of staff is incapacitated or otherwise relieved of duty, the vice chief of staff serves as the acting chief of staff. If both the chief of staff and the vice chief of staff were to be incapacitated, the senior-most general on the Army Staff would become the acting chief of staff of the Army until someone else is appointed.[1][2]

Appointment

The vice chief of staff of the Army is appointed by the president, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from among the general officers of the Army.

Unlike the chief of staff of the Army, there is no fixed term nor term limit to the position of the vice chief of staff, although most of those appointed to the office have typically served for two or three year tenures.

List of Vice Chiefs of Staff of the Army

No. Portrait Vice Chief of Staff
of the Army
Took office Left office Time in office Notes Chief of Staff
1
J. Lawton Collins[3]
Collins, Joseph LawtonGeneral
J. Lawton Collins[3]
(1896–1987)
November 1, 1948August 15, 1949287 daysChief of Staff of the Army (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.
Omar N. Bradley
2
Wade H. Haislip
Haislip, Wade HamptonGeneral
Wade H. Haislip
(1889–1971)
August 16, 1949July 29, 19511 year, 347 daysRetired, 1951J. Lawton Collins
3
John E. Hull
Hull, John EdwinGeneral
John E. Hull
(1895–1975)
July 30, 1951August 14, 19532 years, 15 daysCommander of Far East Command (1953–55)
Retired, 1955.
J. Lawton Collins
4
Charles L. Bolte
Bolte, Charles LawrenceGeneral
Charles L. Bolte
(1895–1989)
August 15, 1953June 29, 19551 year, 318 daysRetired, 1955Matthew B. Ridgway
5
Williston B. Palmer
Palmer, Williston BirkhimerGeneral
Williston B. Palmer
(1899–1973)
June 30, 1955May 31, 19571 year, 335 daysDeputy Commander, USEUCOM (1957–59)
Director of Military Assistance, OSD, (1959–60)
Retired, 1960
Matthew B. Ridgway
Maxwell D. Taylor
6
Lyman L. Lemnitzer
Lemnitzer, Lyman LouisGeneral
Lyman L. Lemnitzer
(1899–1988)
June 1, 1957June 30, 19592 years, 29 daysChief of Staff (1959–60)
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1960–62)
SACEUR/CINCUSEUCOM (1963–69)
Retired, 1969
Maxwell D. Taylor
7
George H. Decker
Decker, George HenryGeneral
George H. Decker
(1902–1980)
July 1, 1959September 29, 19601 year, 90 daysChief of Staff (1960–62)
Retired, 1962
Lyman L. Lemnitzer
8
Clyde D. Eddleman
Eddleman, Clyde DavisGeneral
Clyde D. Eddleman
(1902–1992)
September 30, 1960March 31, 19621 year, 181 daysRetired, 1962Lyman L. Lemnitzer
George H. Decker
9
Barksdale Hamlett
Hamlett, BarksdaleGeneral
Barksdale Hamlett
(1908–1979)
1 April 1962September 3, 19642 years, 155 daysRetired, 1964George H. Decker
Earle G. Wheeler
Harold K. Johnson
10
Creighton Abrams
Abrams, Creighton Williams Jr.General
Creighton Abrams
(1914–1974)
September 4, 1964April 30, 19672 years, 238 daysDeputy Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (1967–68)
Commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (1968–72)
Chief of Staff (1972–74)
Died in office, 1974.
Harold K. Johnson
11
Ralph E. Haines Jr.
Haines, Ralph Edward Jr.General
Ralph E. Haines Jr.
(1913–2011)
May 1, 1967July 2, 19681 year, 62 daysCommander, United States Army Pacific (1968–70)
Commander, Continental Army Command (1970–73)
Retired, 1973
Harold K. Johnson
12
Bruce Palmer Jr.
Palmer, Bruce Jr.General
Bruce Palmer Jr.
(1913–2000)
July 3, 1968January 31, 19734 years, 212 daysActing Chief of Staff (July–October 1972)
Commander, United States Readiness Command (1973–74)
Retired, 1974
William C. Westmoreland
Creighton W. Abrams
13
Alexander Haig
Haig, AlexanderGeneral
Alexander Haig
(1924–2010)
February 1, 1973July 31, 1973180 daysChief of Staff to the President (1973–74)
SACEUR/CINCUSEUCOM (1974–79)
Retired, 1979
Secretary of State (1981–82)
Creighton W. Abrams
14
Frederick C. Weyand
Weyand, Frederick CarltonGeneral
Frederick C. Weyand
(1916–2010)
August 1, 1973October 20, 19741 year, 80 daysChief of Staff, 1974–76
Retired, 1976
Creighton W. Abrams
15
Walter T. Kerwin Jr.
Kerwin, Walter Thomas Jr.General
Walter T. Kerwin Jr.
(1917–2008)
October 21, 1974September 23, 19783 years, 337 daysRetired, 1978Frederick C. Weyand
Bernard W. Rogers
16
Frederick J. Kroesen
Kroesen, Frederick James Jr.General
Frederick J. Kroesen
(1923–2020)
October 26, 1978October 7, 1979346 daysCommander, United States Army Europe (1979–83)
Retired, 1983
Bernard W. Rogers
Edward C. Meyer
17
John William Vessey Jr.
Vessey, John William Jr.General
John William Vessey Jr.
(1922–2016)
October 10, 1979January 19, 19822 years, 101 daysChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1982–85)
Retired, 1985
Special emissary to Vietnam for missing American service personnel (1985–96)
Edward C. Meyer
18
John A. Wickham Jr.
Wickham, John Adams Jr.General
John A. Wickham Jr.
(born 1928)
January 27, 1982August 11, 19831 year, 196 daysChief of Staff (1983–87)
Retired, 1987
Edward C. Meyer
John A. Wickham Jr.
19
Maxwell R. Thurman
Thurman, Maxwell ReidGeneral
Maxwell R. Thurman
(1931–1995)
August 26, 1983February 4, 19873 years, 162 daysCommander, Training and Doctrine Command (1987–89)
Commander, United States Southern Command (1990–91)
Retired, 1991
John A. Wickham Jr.
20
Arthur E. Brown Jr.
Brown, Arthur Edmon Jr.General
Arthur E. Brown Jr.
(born 1929)
February 15, 1987January 20, 19891 year, 340 daysRetired, 1989John A. Wickham Jr.
Carl E. Vuono
21
Robert W. RisCassi
RisCassi, Robert WilliamGeneral
Robert W. RisCassi
(born 1936)
January 21, 1989December 10, 19901 year, 323 daysCommander, Eighth United States Army (1990–92)
Commander, United States Forces Korea (1992–93)
Retired, 1993
Carl E. Vuono
22
Gordon R. Sullivan
Sullivan, Gordon RussellGeneral
Gordon R. Sullivan
(born 1937)
December 17, 1990April 27, 1991131 daysChief of Staff, 1991–95
Retired, 1995
Carl E. Vuono
23
Dennis J. Reimer
Reimer, Dennis JoeGeneral
Dennis J. Reimer
(born 1939)
May 14, 1991January 20, 19931 year, 251 daysCommander in Chief, Forces Command (1993–95)
Chief of Staff (1995–99)
Retired, 1999
Carl E. Vuono
Gordon R. Sullivan
24
J. H. Binford Peay III
Peay, James Henry Binford IIIGeneral
J. H. Binford Peay III
(born 1940)
January 23, 1993January 15, 1994357 daysCommander, Central Command, 1994–97
Retired, 1997
Gordon R. Sullivan
25
John H. Tilelli Jr.
Tilelli, John Harold Jr.General
John H. Tilelli Jr.
(born 1941)
January 20, 1994January 2, 1995347 daysCommanding General, United States Army Forces Command (1995–96)
Commander, U.S. Forces Korea (1996–99)
Retired, 2000
Gordon R. Sullivan
26
Ronald H. Griffith
Griffith, Ronald HoustonGeneral
Ronald H. Griffith
(1936–2018)
January 26, 1995July 20, 19972 years, 175 daysRetired, 1997Gordon R. Sullivan
Dennis J. Reimer
27
William W. Crouch
Crouch, William WrightGeneral
William W. Crouch
(born 1941)
August 6, 1997November 22, 19981 year, 108 daysRetired, 1998Dennis J. Reimer
28
Eric K. Shinseki
Shinseki, Eric KenGeneral
Eric K. Shinseki
(born 1942)
November 24, 1998June 21, 1999209 daysChief of Staff (1999–2003)
Retired, 2003.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2009–14)
Dennis J. Reimer
29
John M. Keane
Keane, John M.General
John M. Keane
(born 1943)
June 22, 1999October 16, 20034 years, 116 daysRetired, 2003Eric K. Shinseki
30
George W. Casey Jr.
Casey, George William Jr.General
George W. Casey Jr.
(born 1948)
October 17, 2003July 23, 2004280 daysCommander Multi-National Force – Iraq (2004–07)
Chief of Staff (2007–11)
Retired, 2011
Eric K. Shinseki
31
Richard A. Cody
Cody, Richard ArthurGeneral
Richard A. Cody
(born 1950)
July 24, 2004July 31, 20084 years, 7 daysRetired, 2008Peter J. Schoomaker
George W. Casey Jr.
32
Peter W. Chiarelli
Chiarelli, Peter WilliamGeneral
Peter W. Chiarelli
(born 1950)
August 4, 2008January 31, 20123 years, 180 daysRetired, 2012George W. Casey Jr.
Martin E. Dempsey
Raymond T. Odierno
33
Lloyd J. Austin III
Austin, Lloyd James IIIGeneral
Lloyd J. Austin III
(born 1953)
January 31, 2012March 8, 20131 year, 36 daysCommander, United States Central Command (2013–2016)
Retired, 2016
Secretary of Defense (2021–    )
Raymond T. Odierno
34
John F. Campbell[4]
Campbell, John FrancisGeneral
John F. Campbell[4]
(born 1957)
March 8, 2013August 8, 20141 year, 153 daysCommander, International Security Assistance Force/U.S. Forces - Afghanistan (2014–2016)
Commander, Resolute Support Mission/U.S. Forces - Afghanistan (2014–2016)
Retired, 2016.
Raymond T. Odierno
35
Daniel B. Allyn[5]
Allyn, Daniel BartlettGeneral
Daniel B. Allyn[5]
(born 1959)
August 15, 2014June 16, 20172 years, 305 daysRetired, 2017Raymond T. Odierno
Mark A. Milley
36
James C. McConville[6]
McConville, James CharlesGeneral
James C. McConville[6]
(born 1959)
June 16, 2017July 26, 20192 years, 40 daysChief of Staff (2019–    )Mark A. Milley
37
Joseph M. Martin
Martin, Joseph MatthewGeneral
Joseph M. Martin
(born 1962)
July 26, 2019August 5, 20223 years, 10 daysRetired, 2022Mark A. Milley
James C. McConville
38
Randy A. George
George, Randy AlanGeneral
Randy A. George
(born 1964)
August 5, 2022Incumbent19 days James C. McConville

See also

References

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