Infantryman named new sergeant major of the Army
WASHINGTON — The Army on Monday named Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, an infantryman with five deployments stretching back to Operation Desert Storm, as the next Sergeant Major of the Army.
Dailey, of Palmerton, Pa., now serves as command sergeant major at Army Training and Doctrine Command. He’ll take over as the Army’s top enlisted member on January 30 and replace current Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, who has served in the role since March 2011.
Dailey’s “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,” Army Secretary John McHugh said in a written statement.
Dailey’s primary job will be as adviser to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno on policy and procedures that affect enlisted soldiers. Sergeants major of the Army testify before Congress on quality-of-life concerns, pay and other matters affecting enlisted members. Because of their centrality to discussions involving topics such as haircuts and tattoos, they can be singled out for ire from the troops as well.
Odierno called Dailey the epitome of a soldier.
“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,” he said in a written statement.
Dailey joined the Army in 1989 and served in Germany as a radio telephone operator and rifleman for his first assignment, according to his Army biography. He deployed to Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was soon after promoted to sergeant in 1993. After a series of assignments, he deployed to Iraq in 2003, and was promoted to command sergeant major in 2004. He would return three more times to Iraq by 2009 before taking on his current assignment.
Among his awards are the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star with Valor, a number of Bronze Stars, Meritorious Service Awards and Army Commendation Medals. Dailey received a bachelor of science degree, summa cum laude, from Excelsior University, the Army said.
Dailey said he’s ready to take on his job leading the Army’s enlisted ranks.
“I’m passionate about the Army, and I’m passionate about taking care of soldiers,” he said. “This is truly a humbling opportunity.”