Chandler to become next Sergeant Major of the Army

| February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Army News Service
News Release

Chandler III

Chandler III

WASHINGTON — Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler III will become the new sergeant major of the Army, March 1, in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

“We have the utmost confidence in Chandler and look forward to having him join our leadership team,” said John McHugh, secretary of the Army. “He has the right qualities and credentials to assume this vitally important duty that Sgt. Maj. of the Army (Kenneth) Preston has skillfully and adeptly performed for the last seven years.”

Chandler is currently the commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, and he became the first enlisted commandant there in June 2009.

“Chandler is the right Soldier to lead our (noncommissioned officers),” said Gen. George Casey Jr., Army chief of staff. “He has demonstrated excellence in every position and has the depth of experiences required to help us lead our Army.”

Chandler will serve as the Army chief of staff’s personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force. The role involves extensive travel and focuses on Soldier training, noncommissioned officer development and the well-being of families.

“Being named the 14th sergeant major of the Army is truly an honor,” Chandler said. “I am humbled, yet excited, by the opportunity to serve our Soldiers and their families in light of the challenges ahead.”

The sergeant major of the Army recommends quality of life improvements to Army leadership and often sits on councils that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their families. He also routinely testifies before Congress on these issues.

“Many of the great (sergeants major and command sergeants major) serving around the Army today are a product of Chandler’s leadership and development efforts,” Preston said. “He brings a broad breadth of experience, and I have no doubt he will provide the strategic vision and professionalism long associated with this position.“

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