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262 Page 1995 2013 The Sergeants Major of the Army History Book on Data CD


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Includes the easy to use Adobe Acrobat Reader software for viewing and printing year, we said good-bye to William O.
Wooldridge, our first Sergeant Major of
the Army (SMA). I think it is fitting
that, as we write a new chapter in the Office of
the Sergeant Major of the Army, we celebrate
those who have come before us. Sergeant Major
of the Army Wooldridge was a pioneer, blazing
a trail that thirteen of us have traveled. He was
instrumental in the creation of this post, and we
will always remember his sacrifice and his contributions.
The creation of the Office of the Sergeant
Major of the Army in July 1966 represented a
major milestone in the development of the U.S.
Army. For the first time in history, an enlisted
soldier assumed the role of adviser to the Chief
of Staff on all issues pertaining to the enlisted
force. Even after almost forty years, not much
has changed. The Sergeant Major of the Army
continues to advise the Chief of Staff on all
enlisted matters, including quality of life and
pay concerns.
The establishment of the SMA position in
1966 reflected the importance then of soldierrelated
issues in the Army, and that emphasis
continues today. I see myself as a scout for the
Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Army.
My charge is to share with the enlisted corps
concerns that are being worked on at the Army
level and to bring back to the Pentagon matters
affecting soldiers and their families.
Offices and titles are essential in any large
institution, but ultimately people are the key to
an organization’s success; the Office of the
Sergeant Major of the Army is no exception. The
noncommissioned officers chosen to be Sergeants
Major of the Army have been individuals who
not only have had extraordinary careers, but who
have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the
welfare of their fellow soldiers. This commitment
makes them truly effective advocates and spokesmen
on enlisted-related issues.
The careers and life stories of the men who
have served as Sergeants Major of the Army are
both inspirational and instructive because
through them we gain an appreciation for not
just the SMAs themselves, but for all the enlisted
men and women who over the past two-anda-
half centuries have worked, fought, and sacrificed
to make the U.S. Army the finest military
organization in the world. As we continue to
transform the Army to meet the challenges of
the next twenty years, it is always appropriate to
look back and learn from our history.PREFACEThe Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA)
is the premier non-commissioned officer
(NCO) of the United States Army
and serves as one of the nation’s senior soldiers.
The office of Sergeant Major of the Army has
evolved into a position of great influence and
responsibility, largely as a result of the hard
work and exemplary service of the soldiers who
have occupied the post.
The Sergeants Major of the Army is an
important volume in the official history of the
United States Army. The first part of this
book describes the origin and growth of the
Office of the Sergeant Major of the Army. It
explains why some saw a need for such an
office and tells who supported it in its infancy,
who made it work, and why it has succeeded
as well as it has.
The second part is a collection of biographical
essays that document the personal
and professional lives of the soldiers who have
occupied this important post. Through these
sections, the reader gains insight into the character
and motivations of the select group of
soldiers who became the Sergeants Major of
the Army. Many SMAs came from humble
origins, joined the military to serve their country
and see the world, and only gradually
decided to make the Army their career. Some
fought the Germans in World War II. Others
saw combat in such diverse locations as Korea,
Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. All experienced
the joys and heartaches of being an
ordinary soldier, and over the years all were
deeply affected by the men and women with
whom they served. Each has used these lessons
to help shape the Army.
This essay describes the family life and
early career of these exceptional soldiers and
highlights the events that molded their points
of view and drove their desire to build a better
Army. With this perspective in mind, the second
half of each biographical chapter examines
the achievements of each Sergeant Major of
the Army. Lists of duty assignments and decorations
are at the end of each chapter. In addition,
further readings and an appendix that
outlines the Presidents, Secretaries of the
Army, and Chiefs of Staff under whom the
respective Sergeants Major served provides
context and framework.
The history of the Sergeants Major of the
Army is more than just an account of bureaucratic
institutions and the men that led them.
It is also a story of the NCO Corps as a whole.
The Army created the Office of the Sergeant
Major in part because of important shifts in
the nature, structure, and responsibilities of
NCOs. During the course of their careers, the
SMAs experienced these changes firsthand.
They, in turn, helped shape the future of the
NCO Corps.
Finally, the history of the Sergeants Major
of the Army is a story of the Army itself. The
Army has experienced extraordinary and
diverse challenges over the past half-century.
Interspersed between repeated cycles of war
and peace, mobilization and downsizing, have
been such momentous developments as the
end of the draft, the establishment of the volunteer
Army, and the unrelenting advance of
technology. Each Sergeant Major of the Army
faced these and other potential barriers, as did
the dedicated corps of non-commissionedofficers that makes the Army work. The cadre’s
trials and triumphs underscore those of
the entire Army. Thus this book gives today’s
soldiers a useful perspective from which to
appreciate the past. This past undoubtedly
will shape the Army’s future, as the Army
once again endeavors to transform itself into
an even more effective institution with which
to serve the American people in both peace
and war.



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