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 57)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1979-2016
Rank USMC-E9-SGM.svg Sergeant Major
Commands held Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Senior Enlisted Leader of United States Joint Forces Command; II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) Multi-National Force West; 2nd Marine Division; 8th Marine Regiment.

Bryan B. Battaglia is the former Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, swearing into office on 30 September 2011.[1] He held the position until December 11, 2015 where he was succeeded by Army CSM John W. Troxell.

The first Marine to ever hold this office, Battaglia served as the most senior ranking Noncommissioned Officer of the U.S. Armed Forces and principal military advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Generals Martin Dempsey and Joseph Dunford and to Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, and Ashton Carter on all matters involving the joint and combined total force integration, utilization, health of the force and joint development for enlisted personnel and families.[2]

Prior to this assignment, Battaglia served as the senior enlisted advisor at U.S. Joint Forces Command under Gen. James Mattis and Gen. Raymond Odierno.[3]

Battaglia was born in New Orleans, La., on April 6, 1961 and joined the Marine Corps in September 1979. Completing Basic Training and Infantry Training School at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, PFC. Battaglia served as a Security Guard at Marine Barracks London, England at RAF St. Mawgan.

Meritoriously promoted to Corporal in November 1981, he was transferred to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines as an infantry fire team leader. Completing Squad Leaders School, Water Survival Instructor School and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense School, he was reassigned as a Squad Leader. Meritoriously promoted on October 2, 1982, he was relocated to Weapons Platoon as the 60mm Mortar Section Leader. Completing various deployments, in February 1984, he was transferred to Parris Island, S.C., for duty as a Drill Instructor assigned to Company I, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion and the Field Training Unit.

In June 1986, he returned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, as a Platoon Sergeant completing various Landing Force 6th Fleet and Unit Deployments and in October 1987, attended the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Career Course, served as the Regimental Career Planner for the 2d Marine Regiment.

In January 1990, he deployed to Norway followed by an August 1990 deployment to Southwest Asia. Combat meritoriously promoted to gunnery sergeant on December 2, 1990 and upon return from the Persian Gulf War in April 1991, completed the SNCO Advanced Course, Airborne Parachutist School and assumed duties as Company Gunnery Sergeant. In March 1993, he transferred to the United Kingdom to the British Royal Marine Exchange Program. He graduated 3rd in the Royal Marines Commando Course earning the coveted Green Beret and served at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, England.

In July 1995, First Sergeant Battaglia was transferred to 2d Force Service Support Group for duty with Headquarters Battalion and in October 1996, he deployed with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Joint Task Force 160. Returning during December 1995, he was reassigned as the First Sergeant, Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 26 from April 1996 to July 1998.

Promoted to Sergeant Major, he transferred to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing and was assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252. In September 2001, he assumed duties as Battalion Sergeant Major, Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, Va., and further assigned to Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., from 2002 to 2004. He was later ordered to 2nd Marine Division and served as the Sergeant Major 8th Marines and Regimental Combat Team 8 during Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2004 to May 2006.

On June 9, 2006 he assumed his duties as Sergeant Major, 2d Marine Division and Multi-National Force West-Iraq, from February 2007 to February 2008. During March 2008, he was transferred to Norfolk, Va., where he assumed his duties as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Joint Forces Command, from April 2008 to August 2011.

He holds a BS in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology and Business Management from Excelsior College.

Battaglia was honorably retired from the U.S. Marines on 31 August, 2016 having served over 36 and a half years of active service.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Battaglia has been awarded the following decorations:

United States Air Force Parachutist Badge.svg
"V" device, gold.svg1 golden star.svg
Gold star
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
USMC Rifle Expert badge.png USMC Pistol Expert badge.png
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg
Basic Parachutist Insignia
Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit
Bronze Star w/ 1 award star & Combat V 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/ 11 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)
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge

See also[edit]


 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. Archived from the original on 2012-05-16.

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Military offices
Preceded by
CSM William Gainey, USA
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman
Succeeded by
CSM John W. Troxell USA