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Dailey Named to Become 15th Sergeant Major of the Army

By Army News Service

Nov 3, 2014

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Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, addresses future Soldiers following an oath of enlistment ceremony June 14, 2013, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa. On Nov. 3, 2014, Dailey was announced as the 15th sergeant major of the Army. (Photo by Maj. Edward Shank)

John McHugh, the secretary of the Army, and Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey, currently the command sergeant major of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, will become the 15th sergeant major of the Army in January 2015, becoming the public face of the U.S. Army’s NCO Corps.

“We have the utmost confidence in Command Sgt. Maj. Dailey and look forward to having him join our leadership team,” McHugh said. “His experience, leadership, devotion to Soldiers and commitment to our Army make him especially suited to assume this important duty, one that Sgt. Maj. of the Army Chandler has masterfully performed for the last four years.”

Dailey, who hails from Palmerton, Penn., will succeed Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, who has served in that position since March 2011. Dailey is a combat veteran with four deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one in support of Operation Desert Storm. He was a command sergeant major for most of those tours, responsible for training, leading, mentoring and developing Soldiers into leaders.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Dailey epitomizes the competence, character and commitment we require of our Soldiers and Leaders,” Odierno said. “I have every confidence in his ability as a visionary leader to help guide our Army through this time of great complexity and rapid change — he is a trusted Army professional.”

As the TRADOC command sergeant major, Dailey played a key role in shaping the Army’s plans for leader development and Soldier 2020.

“I’m passionate about the Army, and I’m passionate about taking care of Soldiers,” Dailey said. “This is truly a humbling opportunity.”

Dailey holds a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) from Excelsior University.

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey

The 15th Sergeant Major of the Army will serve as the Army chief of staff’s personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force. The exact duties vary depending on the chief of staff, though much of the sergeant major of the Army’s time is spent traveling throughout the Army to observe training and talk to Soldiers and their families.

The sergeant major of the Army recommends quality-of-life improvements to Army leadership and sits on councils that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their families. The sergeant major of the Army also routinely testifies before Congress on these issues and represents the NCO Corps to the American people in the media and through business and community engagements.

“I’m confident Command Sgt. Maj. Dailey will provide good counsel to the secretary and chief as he has a track record of being a steadfast advocate for Soldiers and Families,” Chandler said. “Throughout my tenure, I have counted on his support and advice, especially in the areas of leader development and the Army profession.”

Chandler will remain in the post until January 30, 2015, after which time the 15th sergeant major of the Army will be sworn into the position during a ceremony at the Pentagon.

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