STMSS36 – Sgt Maj Bryan Battaglia – Suicide Prevention at the Senior Enlisted Leader Level

About Today’s Guest: 

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia is the former Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was the senior non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Armed Forces.  In this role, he served as the principal military advisor to the Chairman and the Secretary of Defense on all matters involving joint and combined total force integration, utilization, health of the force and joint development for enlisted personnel.

The first Marine to be appointed Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Battaglia served as the most senior ranking non-commissioned officer of the United States Armed Forces and principal military advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Generals Martin Dempsey and Joseph Dunford, and to Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, and Ashton Carter on all matters involving the joint and combined total force integration, utilization, health of the force and joint development for enlisted personnel and families.

Battaglia was honorably retired from the United States Marines on 31 August 2016, having served nearly 37 years of active duty service.

Read more about Sergeant Major Battaglia’s service here

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