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Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army


Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army

Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army

GEN Daniel B. Allyn
Since: August 15, 2014
First GEN J. Lawton Collins
Formation September 18, 1947
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]


  • History 1
  • List of vice chiefs of staff 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


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

Number Photo Name From To Notes
1 LTG (GEN) J. Lawton Collins[3] 1947 1949
2 GEN Wade H. Haislip 1949 1951
3 GEN John E. Hull 1951 1953
4 GEN Charles L. Bolte 1953 1955
5 GEN Williston B. Palmer 1955 1957
6 GEN Lyman L. Lemnitzer 1957 1959
7 GEN George H. Decker 1959 1960
8 GEN Clyde D. Eddleman 1960 1962
9 GEN Barksdale Hamlett 1962 1964
10 GEN Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. 1964 1967
11 GEN Ralph E. Haines Jr. 1967 1968
12 GEN Bruce Palmer, Jr. 1968 1973
13 GEN Alexander M. Haig Jr. January 1973 May 1973
14 GEN Frederick C. Weyand 1973 1974
15 GEN Walter T. Kerwin, Jr. 1974 1978
16 GEN Frederick J. Kroesen 1978 1979
17 GEN John W. Vessey, Jr. 1979 1982
18 GEN John A. Wickham, Jr. 1982 1983
19 GEN Maxwell R. Thurman 1983 1987
20 GEN Arthur E. Brown 1987 1989
21 GEN Robert W. RisCassi 1989 1990
22 GEN Gordon R. Sullivan 1990 1991 Later served as the 32nd Chief of Staff.
23 GEN Dennis J. Reimer 1991 1993 Later served as the 33rd Chief of Staff.
24 GEN J. H. Binford Peay III 1993 1994
25 GEN John H. Tilelli 1994 1995
26 GEN Ronald H. Griffith 1995 1997
27 GEN William W. Crouch 1997 1998
28 GEN Eric K. Shinseki November 24, 1998 June 21, 1999 Later served as the 34th Chief of Staff, and as the 7th Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
29 GEN John M. Keane June 22, 1999 October 16, 2003 Retired
30 GEN George W. Casey, Jr. October 17, 2003 June 23, 2004 Later served as the 36th Chief of Staff.
31 GEN Richard A. Cody June 24, 2004 July 31, 2008 Retired
32 GEN Peter W. Chiarelli August 4, 2008 January 31, 2012 Retired
33 GEN Lloyd J. Austin III January 31, 2012 March 8, 2013 Assumed duties as commander, United States Central Command (March 22, 2013)
34 GEN John F. Campbell March 8, 2013 August 8, 2014[4] Assumed duties as commander, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan
34 GEN Daniel B. Allyn August 15, 2014 Incumbent[5]

See also


  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.:  
  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. 
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