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 61)
Metairie, Louisiana
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1979–2016
RankSergeant Major
Battles/warsGulf War
Iraq War
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Purple Heart
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3)

Bryan B. Battaglia is a retired United States Marine who served as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sworn into office on 30 September 2011.[1] He held this position until December 11, 2015.

Early life[edit]

Battaglia was born in Metairie, Louisiana, on April 6, 1961. He attended St. Catherine of Sienna School, Archbishop Rummel and East Jefferson High Schools. Following school, he joined the Marine Corps in September 1979. Completing basic training and Infantry Training School at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Battaglia then served his first tour as a Security Guard at Marine Barracks London, England, RAF St. Mawgan.

Military career[edit]

An Infantryman, he was meritoriously promoted to Corporal in November 1981. Battaglia 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 relocated to Weapons Platoon as the 60mm mortar section leader. Completing various deployments, in February 1984, he was transferred to Parris Island, South Carolina, for duty as a Drill Instructor assigned to Company I, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion and Rappel Master at the Field Training Unit.

In June 1986, Battaglia 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 Non-commissioned Officer Career Course, served as the Regimental Career Planner for the 2d Marine Regiment.

In January 1990, Battaglia 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 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 with Her Majestys Royal Marines in Lympstone, England.

In July 1995, 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, Battaglia 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, Virginia, 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 Battaglia 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, Virginia, where he assumed duties as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, United States Joint Forces Command, from April 2008 to August 2011. In this post he served under Generals James Mattis and Ray Odierno.[2]

The first Marine to be appointed Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Battaglia served as the most senior ranking non-commissioned officer of the United States 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.[3]

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology and Business Management. Battaglia was honorably retired from the United States Marines on 31 August 2016, having served nearly 37 years of active duty 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 Medal 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


Public Domain 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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ The Joint Staff. "SEAC Roles and Responsibilities". Archived from the original on 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2011-11-16.

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