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August 10, 2012

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DoD Joint Chiefs of Staff senior enlisted advisor visits

Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

The top-ranking enlisted service member in the Department of Defense (DoD) visited Fort McCoy July 24-26 to observe training and learn about the capabilities the installation offers to support the DoD mission.
PHOTO: Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia observes the Paralegal Warrior Training students traverse an obstacle at the Fort McCoy Conditioning Course. Photo by Rob Schuette
Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia (left), the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, observes the Paralegal Warrior Training students traverse an obstacle at the Fort McCoy Conditioning Course during his visit to Fort McCoy.

Marine Sergeant Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to chairman (SEAC) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, visited units training at Fort McCoy as part of the Combat Support Training Exercise and those participating in Paralegal Warrior Training.

Battaglia also had lunch with various installation servicemembers to talk with them, get their input and answer their questions.

“My presence here is an opportunity to visit troops, see their training, make some observations, and hear their issues.” Battaglia said.

Battaglia said his visits allow him to share information from the Joint Chiefs of Staff level, and he always holds a question-and-answer session to hear those issues and concerns of servicemembers. The Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr. said the SEAC was invited to visit Fort McCoy as part of the installation’s strategic outreach and marketing plan.

“Sergeant Major Battaglia can take this information back with him (to the highest levels of the Department of Defense),” Bissonette said. “He brings a heightened level of awareness to Fort McCoy’s capability throughout the DoD.”

The visits also allow Battaglia to share training strategies and technologies; if he sees something at one U.S. base that can be used elsewhere, sharing ideas and best practices is a win, win for the entire team. It helps keep quality training up and costs down and in a lot of cases adds more realism to the training objectives.

PHOTO: Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia (second from right)  has lunch with Fort McCoy Soldiers. Photo by Rob Schuette
Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia (second from right), the senior enlisted advisor to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has lunch with Fort McCoy Soldiers at the Installation Dining Facility to get their input and answer their questions.

“I see Fort McCoy as one of our premier training bases, not just for the National Guard or our reserve component, but for the total force — all the service branches (Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, etc.),” Battaglia said. “I’m very impressed with the live, virtual, and constructive technology that Team McCoy has immersed into their training syllabuses.”

In conjunction with his visit to Fort McCoy, Battaglia also visited Volk Field and the Tomah Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

“At each stop, I try to extend my visit out to the community such as our VA hospitals, Homeless Centers, and Student Veterans Associations where our veterans and military Families, live and work. They too are part of the Total Force and veteran healthcare as well as the collaborative relationship between the community, the VA, and our military bases, both Volk Field and McCoy remain a vital lifeline,” Battaglia said.

Bissonette said this reinforces Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott’s philosophy that he wants to move beyond community relationships between Fort McCoy and the surrounding communities to community interaction and an active partnership between McCoy and the surrounding communities.

More photos of Battaglia’s visit to Fort McCoy, taken by Staff Sgt. Sun Vega, photographer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff can be seen online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/seac_jcs/sets/72157630759410600/.

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