SMA Dailey motivates, captivates Army Hawaii NCOs

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
On his first visit as SMA, Daniel A. Dailey discusses the chief of staff of the Army’s top priorities with Army Hawaii NCOs during a second town hall. Dailey met with the NCOs, May 12, while on a three-day tour of units throughout USARPAC.

On his first visit as SMA, Daniel A. Dailey discusses the chief of staff of the Army’s top priorities with Army Hawaii NCOs during a second town hall. Dailey met with the NCOs, May 12, while on a three-day tour of units throughout USARPAC.

Staff Sgt. Kyle J. Richardson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — With a little more than three months under his belt as the 15th Sergeant Major of the Army, Daniel A. Dailey hit the road with his sights on the Pacific region.

Dailey completed a three-day tour of the U.S. Army-Pacific area of operations at Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 11-13.

Dailey stands 5’9” and weighs 165 pounds, and while he may appear quiet, he quickly showed “One Team” Soldiers that he packs a big voice and an important message.

Naturally energetic and enthusiastic, he spoke passionately to more than 1,500 Soldiers, primarily noncommissioned officers, during two town halls.

Dailey addressed the need for NCOs to be refocused and to do what NCOs do best – to lead, motivate and train Soldiers.

“I’m Sergeant Major of the Army, but I’m just a Soldier. That’s all I am,” said Dailey, lowering his voice and putting himself on the same level as the Soldiers in the audience. “It takes one million Soldiers and leaders to run this Army. I can’t do it by myself.”

He continued by adding that the Army must invest in the quality of Soldiers and leaders.

“If you do not have talented leaders, then you won’t have an effective Army,” he said.

Dailey also said that NCOs need to take responsibility and care for all Soldiers better than their own mothers and fathers would, because it is expected of them.

“I still have a mom,” Dailey said. “She still asks if I’m eating, and then I’ll tell her, ‘Mom, I’m Sgt. Maj. of the Army.’ And she’ll say, ‘I don’t care; you’re still just my little Soldier.’”

The SMA’s light-hearted delivery was tailored around his sense of humor, but his message was direct and taken seriously, garnering cheers and applause from the NCOs in attendance who felt a new sense of purpose from the sergeant major’s words.

Dailey said that all Soldiers had a story to tell, and their leaders have a great impact on how that story turns out.

“I encourage leaders to ask how are you going to paint that billboard for those Soldiers,” Dailey said. “As leaders, you have so much influence on Soldiers – whether they stay in the Army or transition. What does your billboard say? What does it say today and what will it say tomorrow? Just remember, leaders have a big part in what those billboards say across the Army.”

Like the town halls, Dailey surprised the Soldiers, bright and early in the morning, with a smile on his face, when he showed up at the 8th Theater Sustainment Command for some good, old-fashioned Army physical training. The SMA was ready to sweat, participating in an intense circuit training squad-on-squad competition.

Physical fitness is one of Dailey’s top priorities. He believes that if Soldiers are physically fit, then they’ll look, feel and act like Soldiers.

At the end of Dailey’s three-day tour, he said he had gained a better understanding of the unique capabilities throughout the Pacific region.

“The Soldiers that are stationed here in Hawaii are really in a strategic place for us to interact with our partners throughout the Pacific,” he said. “It really gives us the ability to maintain that day-to-day contact and interaction by being out here.”

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