Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau

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Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Tony L. Whitehead (3).jpg
Incumbent
Tony L. Whitehead, USAF

since August 2020
National Guard Bureau
TypeSenior enlisted advisor
AbbreviationSEA
Member ofOffice of the Chief, National Guard Bureau
Reports toChief of the National Guard Bureau
FormationNovember 2003
First holderJohn J. Leonard Jr.
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau[1] (abbreviated SEA[2]) is the top enlisted person in the National Guard of the United States;[3] which is a joint reserve component of the United States Army and the United States Air Force.

The SEA's responsibilities include advising the Chief of the National Guard Bureau on all enlisted matters affecting training and utilization, health of the force, and enlisted professional development of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.

Insignia[edit]

In 2020, as part of Whitehead's appointment, a unique rank and insignia was created for the position.[4]

List of Senior Enlisted Advisors to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau[edit]

No. Senior Enlisted Advisor Term Service branch Ref.
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
1
John J. Leonard Jr.
Leonard, JohnCommand Sergeant Major
John J. Leonard Jr.
November 2003July 20062 years, 8 monthsMark of the United States Army.svg
U.S. Army
2
David Ray Hudson
Hudson, DavidCommand Sergeant Major
David Ray Hudson
July 2006February 20103 years, 7 monthsMark of the United States Army.svg
U.S. Army
3
Denise Jelinski-Hall
Jelinski-Hall, DeniseChief Master Sergeant
Denise Jelinski-Hall
February 2010July 20133 years, 5 monthsMark of the United States Air Force.svg
U.S. Air Force
4
Mitchell O. Brush
Brush, MitchellChief Master Sergeant
Mitchell O. Brush
July 2013June 20173 years, 11 monthsMark of the United States Air Force.svg
U.S. Air Force
5
Christopher S. Kepner
Kepner, ChristopherCommand Sergeant Major
Christopher S. Kepner
June 201725 August 20203 years, 2 monthsMark of the United States Army.svg
U.S. Army
[1]
6
Tony L. Whitehead
Whitehead, TonySenior Enlisted Advisor
Tony L. Whitehead
25 August 2020Incumbent6 monthsMark of the United States Air Force.svg
U.S. Air Force
[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gonzalez, Michelle (June 21, 2017). "Kepner named senior enlisted advisor to chief of National Guard Bureau". army.mil. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief, National Guard Bureau Tony L. Whitehead". nationalguard.mil. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  3. ^ [1] 10 USC 10502 Chief of the National Guard Bureau: appointment; adviser on National Guard matters; grade; succession.
  4. ^ a b "Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief, National Guard Bureau Tony L. Whitehead". National Guard. Retrieved February 6, 2021.