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					      HISTORY OF THE
SERGEANTS MAJOR OF THE ARMY
                                         27 JANUARY 2009




                                    CPL SASHA SWANSON
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          Secretary of the Army Pete
          Geren, U.S. Congressman
          Silvestre Reyes, Chief of Staff
          of the Army Gen. George W.
          Casey Jr., and Sergeant Major
          of the Army Kenneth O.
          Preston announced the Year
          of the Noncommissioned
          Officer during a press
          conference held Jan. 5 at the
          Sergeants Major Academy at
          Fort Bliss, Texas.




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Today's Soldiers continue to perform
   magnificently protecting our Nation
     with boots firmly on the ground
  around the world. The Nation values
   the commitment of our exceptional
    men and women in defending the
 freedoms we enjoy and defeating the
 enemies who challenge the values of
      our society. Our Soldiers and
   Noncommissioned Officers are the
    centerpiece of the best equipped,
  trained, and led Army in history. Our
    Soldiers are skilled, professional
   warriors who live our Army Values,
 embody the Warrior Ethos and define
 the American patriot. I am honored to
  serve alongside these great heroes.
               -SMA Preston

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   What is the Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA)?
He/She is the person who holds this rank is the senior
enlisted member in the Army. He/She is appointed to serve
as a spokesman to address the issues of enlisted Soldiers
to the Army’s highest position.




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What does the Sergeant Major of the Army do on a daily
basis?
                   SMA usually devotes most of his/her
                     time to traveling throughout the
                       army, observing training, and
                        talking to Soldiers and their
                                  Families.




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           Who is the current SMA?




                  Kenneth O Preston is the current Sergeant Major of the Army. He was
                 sworn in as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army on 14 JAN 2004. He has
                  held different leadership roles throughout his career such as Cavalry
                Scout, Tank Commander, Sergeant Major, and Command Sergeant Major.
                 SMA Preston entered the army in June 1975. He attended basic training
                  and AIT at Fort Knox, KY. His most recent assignment was Command
                  Sergeant Major for Combined Joint Task Force 7 serving in Baghdad,
                                                    Iraq.



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                          History of the Rank


                                    1966-1979   1979-1994   1994-Present



                 Based on those of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
                 Marines established it on 23 May 1957
                 The Army Chief of Staff created the position in 1966, after asking major
                 commands for their opinions
                 4,700 were proposed candidates for SMA, 21 nominees were selected
                 Sergeant Major William O. Wooldridge of the 1ST Infantry Division was
                 selected as the first Sergeant Major of the Army.




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•
                Senior Enlisted Advisors
          Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps           The role of the Non-Commissioned Officer
          (created in 57’)                             (NCO) has a longstanding tradition of
•         Sergeant Major of the Army (created          excellence in the U.S. Armed Forces. A major
          in ’66)                                      role of the NCO is advisor to the officer. This
•         Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy       advisor role is one of honor and great
          (created in ’67)                             responsibility. It is a tradition other nations
•         Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force       admire and strive to replicate in their military
          (created in ’67)                             services. NCOs are a constant throughout a
•         Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast      military member’s career. NCOs are always
          Guard (created in ’69)                       present – there to ensure the officers and
•         Senior Enlisted Advisor to the               enlisted members they support have the
          Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs        essential training, knowledge and equipment
          (created in 2005)                            to complete the mission. NCOs are found at
                                                       every level, from team or section leader to
                                                       corps and beyond. The job of a senior NCO
                                                       in any command is to mentor and support
                                                       their fellow enlisted personnel, and to assist
                                                       their commander on matters relating to the
                                                       enlisted service members under their
                                                       charge. Lesser known to many are those
                                                       most senior NCOs, referred to as the Senior
                                                       Enlisted Advisor (SEA).

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                                           Sergeant Major of the Army Flag
                       The flag, approved by the Chief of Staff, Army on 22 Mar 99,
                         background is divided diagonally from lower hoist to upper fly
                         with scarlet above white. Centered on the flag is the insignia
                         for the Sergeant Major of the Army in full color. The fringe is
                       yellow; the cords and tassels are scarlet and white. Technically,
                        this is not a rank flag put a positional color, e.g. it identifies the
                         office or appointment of the individual. "Sergeant Major of the
                                     Army" is not a rank but an appointment.

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                  The collar insignia of the SMA is the shield portion of the collar
                     insignia of an aide-de-camp (less the surmounting eagle),
                   placed upon an enlisted collar disk of gold color, one inch in
                    diameter. The insignia worn by SMA Wooldridge was hand-
                  soldered by Colonel Jasper J. Wilson from a aide's insignia and
                     enlisted collar brass. The insignia was approved on 4 July
                  1966.This insignia is also worn in place of a unit insignia on the
                          SMA's beret, garrison cap, and pull-over sweater.




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                    PAST AND PRESENT
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Sergeant Major of the Army
     Kenneth O. Preston                                      Sergeant Major of the Army
                                                                    Robert E. Hall
    January 2004 - Current
                                                             October 1997 - June 2000
                               Sergeant Major of the Army
                                        Jack L. Tilley                                    Sergeant Major of the Army
                                 June 2000 - January 2004                                       Gene C. McKinney
                                                                                           July 1995 - October 1997



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Sergeant Major of the Army                    Sergeant Major of the Army
       Richard A. Kidd                               Glen E. Morrell                                  Sergeant Major of the Army
  July 1991 - June 1995
                                                   July 1983 - July 1987                                 William G. Bainbridge
                                                                                                         July 1975 - June 1979


                          Sergeant Major of the
                            Army Julius W. Gates                           Sergeant Major of the Army
                          July 1987 - June 1991                                 William A. Connelly
                                                                             July 1979 - June 1983




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Sergeant Major of the Army                               Sergeant Major of the Army
     Leon L. Van Autreve
                                                              George W. Dunaway
  July 1973 - June 1975                                September 1968 - September
                                                                    1970



                             Sergeant Major of the Army                               Sergeant Major of the Army
                                                                                          William O. Wooldridge
                                   Silas L. Copeland
                                                                                        July 1966 - August 1968
                              October 1970 - June 1973




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       The most important mission of the Sergeant Major of the Army
       is providing direct communication between the Soldier and the
       Army leadership.

       SMA Richard A. Kidd



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       The Sergeant Major of the Army’s job is to support and keep the
       Chief of Staff informed about the enlisted concerns in the
       Army, and let him know how soldiers are training and living at
       the canteen-cup level.

       SMA Julius W. Gates



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       As SMA I wanted to make sure that policies were enforceable by
       noncommissioned officers in the field. I also wanted to ensure
       soldiers could live with whatever was recommended. In General
       John Wickham’s initial guidance to me, he told me to be myself
       and to “go do the things that needed to be done in the Army.”
       What a Sergeant Major of the Army does depends on the Chief
       of Staff. General Wickham listened and we pushed a lot of
       things through that would not have been accomplished if it
       hadn’t been for all of us working together.
       SMA Glen E. Morrell


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       The two responsibilities the “chief,” General Edward Meyer,
       gave me were to provide open and frank advice and criticism of
       what I see in the field, and to oversee the continued
       development of the NCO Corps. Most of the time I’ve seen my
       role as SMA to be like the slick duck hunter who lays back and
       waits for the right time to get in a shot.

       SMA William A. Connelly



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       The intent of the Sergeant Major of the Army is to support
       existing programs and provide input that may affect the
       possibility of additional programs.

       SMA Leon L. Van Autreve

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       The Army will be forever indebted to General Harold K. Johnson for
       establishing the SMA position. There are countless significant
       improvements that were made and will continue to be made as a result
       of the influence of the Sergeants Major of the Army. General Johnson
       was very concerned for the soldiers in his Army, and he left a system
       in place that will continue to provide for their best interests.

       SMA George W. Dunaway


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       In 1964, General Johnson became the 24th Chief of Staff of the United
       States Army, having been unexpectedly promoted over several more
       senior generals. Johnson was the Army's leading tactician, having
       served as commandant of the Command and General Staff
       College, and was an outspoken skeptic of deploying troops
       except as a last resort and accompanied by the total
       commitment of the civilian leadership.

       During his term as Chief of Staff, he was involved in many policy
       debates regarding the escalation of the Vietnam War. He was a strong
       proponent of full military mobilization: declare a national emergency,
       call up the reserves, fight a quick and decisive war, and withdraw. He
       considered resigning in protest over President Lyndon B. Johnson’s
       decision not to mobilize the reserves, and at the end of his life
       expressed regret at not doing so.

        As Chief of Staff, one of Johnson's noteworthy accomplishments was
       creating the office of the Sergeant Major of the Army to improve the
       quality of life for enlisted personnel.


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