William J. Gainey

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William Joseph Gainey (born May 27, 1956 ) is a former Command Sergeant Major in the US Army and was the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1, 2005 to April 25, 2008 and thus the highest rank Sergeant of the US armed forces .

Military career

Gainey joined the US Army in 1974 and began basic training on June 17, 1975 in Fort Knox , Kentucky . Its uses included a .: Driver, loader and tank commander in 1st Battalion , 67th Tiger Brigade, 2nd Armored Division in Fort Hood , Texas ; Tank commander and platoon Sergeant (dt approximately. Kompaniefeldwebel ) on the 4th battalion, 73. Panzerbrigade the 1st infantry Division in Böblingen ; Platoon leader in 2nd Battalion, 70th Armored Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia ; Drill Sergeant and Senior Drill Sergeant in the 19th Battalion, 4th Training Brigade, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Platoon and operations sergeant in 3rd Battalion, 73rd Armored Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg , North Carolina ; Platoon Sergeant and First Sergeant in 1st Battalion, 509th Paratrooper Regiment at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) on Little Rock Air Force Base , Arkansas ; Senior Enlisted Advisor (Panzer) in Fort Jackson, South Carolina .

Gainey served as Command Sergeant Major for: 2nd Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Baumholder ; the Eagle Base in Bosnia and Herzegovina ; 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk , Louisiana ; the 2nd Brigade , 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart; 2nd armored cavalry regiment at Fort Polk; the United States Army Armor Center in Fort Knox and most recently as Command Sergeant Major for the 3rd US Armored Corps and the Fort Hood base in Texas.

Gainey served on staffs for Operation Joint Endeavor ( IFOR ), Operation Joint Guard ( SFOR 3 ) and Operation Joint Forge (SFOR 8) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served as Command Sergeant Major of Combined Joint Task Force- 7 (CJTF-7), Coalition Forces in Iraq ( Multi-National Force Iraq / MNF-I), and Multi-National Corps Iraq (MNC-I) during Operation Iraqi Freedom II .

Gainey attended various schools and training, including the Drill Sergeant School , the paratrooper school , the Jump Master School , the Air Movement Officer's Course , the course for First Sergeants and the US Sergeants Major Academy . He also has an Associates Degree from Vincennes University .

His awards include a .: the Distinguished Service Medal , the Legion of Merit with oak leaves, the Bronze Star with award for bravery, the Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaves, the Army Commendation Medal with seven oak leaves, the National Defense Service Medal , as well as the NATO medal .

Gainey is married and has a son and a daughter. His son is Captain Ryan J. Gainey.

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