Bryan B. Battaglia

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Bryan Battaglia
SgtMaj Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.jpg
Born (1961-04-06) April 6, 1961 (age 53)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch USMC logo.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1979–present
Rank USMC-E9-SGM.svg Sergeant Major
Commands held Senior Enlisted Leader of United States Joint Forces Command

Bryan B. Battaglia is the 2nd Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, taking the vacant office on October 1, 2011.[1]

Battaglia serves as the principal military advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey and to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on all matters involving the joint and combined total force integration, utilization, health of the force and joint development for enlisted personnel.[2]

Prior to this assignment, Battaglia served as the senior enlisted advisor at U.S. Joint Forces Command with now Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno.[3]

According to Dempsey, Battaglia is an advocate for junior Marines.

“He was well known throughout the Marine Corps as always being in the corner of his young Marines,” Dempsey said. “At the end of the day, if we’re to maintain our trust with the force, it’s going to take that kind of reputation. We’ve all got to have a reputation for being in the corner of those young men and women who we ask to leave the safety of their homes, raise their right hand, swear an oath, and then go out and do the nation’s bidding.”[4]

As a 1st Sergeant, he served with the MEU Service Support Group 26, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 1st Battalion 6th Marines, JTF-160 at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. As a Sergeant Major, he served with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, Weapons Training Battalion Quantico, Va., Marine Barracks Washington D.C. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he served as the Sergeant Major for the Regimental Combat Team 8, and his most recent tour as Sergeant Major for 2d Marine Division and Second Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd).

Army CSM William J. “Joe” Gainey – who served then-Joint Chiefs Chairman General Peter Pace as senior enlisted advisor from Oct. 1, 2005, until he retired in April 2008 – was the first service member to hold the position.


Battaglia has earned the following awards:

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Gold star
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Bronze star
Silver star
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Silver star
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Basic Parachutist Insignia Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star w/ 1 award star & valor device Purple Heart Meritorious Service Medal Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ gold award star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ 2 award stars Combat Action Ribbon Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 1 service star Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/ 10 service stars National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 1 service star Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal w/ 1 service star Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 8 service stars Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 1 service star
Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon NATO Medal for Service in ex-Yugoslavia Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

He also holds expert marksmanship badges in rifle (8) and pistol (2).

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

  1. ^ "Sergeant Major Bryan B. Battaglia Senior Enlisted Advisor to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [9-11 Memorial]". United States Government. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ The Joint Staff. "SEAC Roles and Responsibilities". 
  3. ^ U.S. Joint Forces Command. "Official Biography for SgtMaj Bryan Battaglia". SgtMaj Battaglia's Biography at U.S. Joint Forces Command. 
  4. ^ Tyrone C. Marshall, Jr. "Battaglia Takes Oath as Chairman’s Enlisted Advisor". 

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Military offices
Preceded by
William Gainey
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman