02. December 2005 · Comments Off on Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff · Categories: General

Sergeant Major William J. Gainey is the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a newly created position established to advise the Chairman on matters of professional development of enlisted personnel for a joint environment. Sergeant Major Gainey is the first person selected to serve in this position beginning October 1, 2005.

The rest of his bio is here.

Ya know we’ve been talking about that position since 1986. It only took 19 years for it to come to pass. I got to hear him talk to a gathering of enlisted folks today and I have to tell ya, I feel pretty good about the fact that man has the Chairman’s ear. If he shows up at your base or post and you get the chance, give him a listen. I’m usually not impressed with someone who’s made it to a lofty position because I simply figure they played politics better than most. I didn’t get that from SGM. I got the feeling he’s there to make damn sure the Chairman has an enlisted voice in his ear when he’s making hard calls. That’s got to be a good thing.

Update: I don’t know how this part dropped off and I just noticed it, sorry.

His point of view? “We’re not losing in Iraq. I’ve been there and I’ve fought there and I can tell you we’re not losing.” His charge to all of us? Tell our story in Iraq and Afghanistan because the press isn’t doing it and he’s not happy with the way the politicians are politicizing it.

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