Senior enlisted advisor

Summary

A Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) in the United States Armed Forces is the most senior enlisted service member in a unit, and acts as an advisor to the commanding officer. Formally, E-9 billets for the senior enlisted advisor are established at Service unit (e.g., battalion, wing, or higher), command, major command, force, or fleet levels to the SEAs/CSELs of DoD Agencies and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. SEAs are also known as Command Senior Enlisted Leaders (CSEL). Always a non-commissioned officer, the SEA is the main link between the commanding officer and the enlisted service members under his or her charge.

The SEAs from each branch at the 2009 Commander in Chief's Ball

ExamplesEdit

Service senior enlisted advisors
Position insignia Position Photo Incumbent Service branch Start date
  Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman   SEAC
Ramón Colón-López
 
U.S. Air Force
December 13, 2019
  Sergeant Major of the Army   SMA
Michael A. Grinston
 
U.S. Army
August 9, 2019
  Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps   SMMC
Troy E. Black
 
U.S. Marine Corps
July 26, 2019
  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy   MCPON
Russell L. Smith
 
U.S. Navy
August 29, 2018
  Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force   CMSAF
JoAnne S. Bass
 
U.S. Air Force
August 14, 2020
  Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force   CMSSF
Roger A. Towberman
 
U.S. Space Force
April 3, 2020
  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard   MCPOCG
Jason M. Vanderhaden
 
U.S. Coast Guard
May 17, 2018
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau   SEA
Tony L. Whitehead
 
U.S. Air Force
July 26, 2019
Senior enlisted advisors, Unified Combatant Commands
 
United States Africa Command
 
SgtMaj
Richard D. Thresher
 
U.S. Marine Corps
February 28, 2020
 
United States Central Command
 
FLTCM
James Herdel
 
U.S. Navy
 
United States Cyber Command
 
CSM
Sheryl D. Lyon
 
U.S. Army
September 25, 2020
 
United States European Command
 
CCMS
Phillip L. Easton
 
U.S. Air Force
August 2, 2019
  United States Indo-Pacific Command
 
FLTCM
James Honea
 
U.S. Navy
August 2021
 
United States Northern Command
 
SgtMaj
James K. Porterfield
 
U.S. Marine Corps
June 29, 2021
 
United States Southern Command
 
CSM
Benjamin Jones
 
U.S. Army
August 17, 2020
 
United States Space Command
 
MGySgt
Scott H. Stalker
 
U.S. Marine Corps
 
United States Special Operations Command
 
CCMS
Gregory A. Smith
 
U.S. Air Force
July 11, 2019
 
United States Strategic Command
 
SgtMaj
Howard L. Kreamer
 
U.S. Marine Corps
September 2021
 
United States Transportation Command
 
FLTCM
Donald O. Myrick
 
U.S. Navy
March 30, 2021

In the United States Army, the SEA for a battalion or larger-sized unit is usually a Command Sergeant Major. For Marine battalions and larger, a Sergeant Major typically takes the role. Navy ships and other commands will usually have a Command, Fleet, or Force Master Chief Petty Officer (known as the Chief of the Boat on a submarine), while an Air Force or Space Force Command Chief Master Sergeant serves at Wing, Delta, Numbered Air Force, Field Operating Agency (FOA), Major Command, Field Command or at "Joint," DoD Agency levels.[citation needed]

In the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps, the senior enlisted advisor at the company or battery level (or other unit at similar echelon) is a First Sergeant. In the Air Force and Space Force, the senior enlisted member of units smaller than those listed above for Command Chief Master Sergeant is either a Chief Master Sergeant or a Senior Master Sergeant and may also include a separate First Sergeant authorization. In the Air Force a First Sergeant can be an E7, E8 or E9, depending on size and mission of the unit, and is a temporary, special duty assignment.[citation needed]

International equivalentsEdit

AustraliaEdit

In Australia the equivalent positions within the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) are Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N), Regimental Sergeant Major-Army (RSM-A) and Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF) respectively.

Service senior enlisted advisors
Rank insignia Position Photo Incumbent Service branch Start date
  Warrant Officer of the Navy   Warrant Officer of the Navy
Deb Butterworth[1] OAM, CSM & Bar
  Royal Australian Navy November 2019
  Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (Australia)   Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army
Grant McFarlane
  Australian Army July 2, 2018
  Warrant Officer of the Air Force   Warrant Officer of the Air Force
Fiona Grasby OAM
  Royal Australian Air Force November 6, 2019

CanadaEdit

The Senior Enlisted advisor of the Canadian Forces is the Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer. The Army, Navy and Air Force each have their own Chief Warrant Officer acting as Senior Enlisted advisor.

Service senior enlisted advisors
Rank insignia Position Photo Incumbent Start date Service branch Ref.
  Canadian Forces chief warrant officer   CPO1
Gilles Gregoire MMM, CD
3 September 2020   Royal Canadian Navy [2]
  Chief Petty Officer of the Navy   Chief Petty Officer 1st Class
David Steeves CD
May 2019   Royal Canadian Navy [3]
  Chief Warrant Officer of the Canadian Army   Chief Warrant Officer
J. M. Smith MMM, CD
10 June 2021   Canadian Army [4]
  Chief Warrant Officer of the Air Force   Chief Warrant Officer
W. J. Hall MMM, CD
10 June 2021   Royal Canadian Air Force [5]
Senior enlisted advisors Commands
  Canadian Forces Intelligence Command Chief Warrant Officer   Chief Warrant Officer
N.E. Belanger MMM, CD
2019   Royal Canadian Air Force [6]

NATOEdit

NATO also has a number of Senior Enlisted Advisors taken from NATO members for various posts, including Senior Enlisted Advisor - NATO Allied Command Transformation

New ZealandEdit

In New Zealand the equivalent positions within the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) are Warrant officer of the Navy (New Zealand) (WON), Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) and Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOAF) respectively. there is also the Senior position within HQNZDF of the Warrant Officer of the Defence Force (WODF) WODR

Service senior enlisted advisors
Rank insignia Position Photo Incumbent Service branch Start date
  Warrant officer of the Navy (New Zealand)   Warrant Officer Diver
Lance Graham
  Royal New Zealand Navy January 29, 2021
  Sergeant Major of the Army (New Zealand)   Warrant Officer class 1
Wiremu Moffitt[7]
  New Zealand Army May 2020
  Warrant Officer of the Air Force (New Zealand)   Warrant Officer
Toni Tate
  Royal New Zealand Air Force

South AfricaEdit

South Africa has a Warrant officer of the Defence Force, as well as Sergeant Majors of the Army, Air Force and Medical Services. The Navy equivalent is the Master at Arms of the Navy

Service senior enlisted advisors
Rank insignia Position Photo Incumbent Service branch Start date Reference
  Warrant Officer of the South African National Defence Force   Master Chief Warrant Officer
Mothusi Kgaladi
  South African Army October 2012 [8]
  Master at Arms of the Navy   Senior Chief Warrant Officer
Matee Molefe
  South African Navy February 1, 2018 [9]
  Sergeant Major of the Army (South Africa)   Senior Chief Warrant Officer
Ncedakele Mtshatsheni
  South African Army February 1, 2017
(Acting from October 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017)
[10]
  Sergeant Major of the Air Force   Senior Chief Warrant Officer
Colin Stanton-Jones
  South African Air Force December 1, 2018 [11][failed verification]
  Warrant Officer of the South African Military Health Services   Senior Chief Warrant Officer
South African Military Health Service

United KingdomEdit

The Royal Navy has the Warrant Officer of the Naval Service, the British Army has the Army Sergeant Major, the Royal Air Force has the Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer and the Royal Marines the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major. In 2018, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee was introduced.

Service senior enlisted advisors
Rank insignia Position Photo Incumbent Service branch Start date
  Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee   Warrant Officer Class One
Glenn Haughton[12] OBE
  British Army November 1, 2018
  Warrant Officer of the Naval Service   Warrant Officer Class One
Carl Steedman[13][14]
  Royal Navy January 31, 2020
  Army Sergeant Major   Warrant Officer Class One
Paul Carney[15]
  British Army August 3, 2021
  Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force   Warrant Officer
Jake Alpert[16][17] MBE
  Royal Air Force October 2019
  Corps Regimental Sergeant Major Warrant Officer Class One
Richard Angove[18]
  Corps of Royal Marines July 2020

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A rewarding career leads to appointment as ninth Warrant Officer of the Navy". Royal Australian Navy. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  2. ^ "CAF welcomes CPO1 Gilles Grégoire: 14th CAF Chief Warrant Officer". Canadian Military Family Magazine. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Chief Petty Officer of the Navy". navy-marine.forces.gc.ca. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Chief Warrant Officer J.M. Smith, MMM, CD". army.gc.ca. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force". rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Chief Warrant Officer N.E. Belanger, MMM, CD". Government of Canada. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Tena koutou to you all" (PDF). Army News. No. 152. May 2020. p. 1. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Mothusi Victor Kgaladi new WO SANDF". DefenceWeb.
  9. ^ Wingrin, Dean (February 2, 2018). "New Master-At-Arms for the Navy". Defenceweb. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Mtshatsheni is new SA Army sergeant major". Defenceweb. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  11. ^ "New commander for 515 Squadron". March 12, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  12. ^ "WO1 Glenn Haughton OBE has been appointed as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee (SEAC)". GOV.UK. Ministry of Defence. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  13. ^ @SEAC_Defence (30 January 2020). "Congratulations to the newly appointed Warrant Officer of the Naval Service @WOCarlSteedman . And welcome to the world of Twitter! Give him a follow, I look forward to regular sea stories and shenanigans from the @RoyalNavy" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ First Sea Lord [@AdmTonyRadakin] (31 January 2020). "But as one WONS steps down, another steps up. Welcome to WO Carl "Speedy" Steedman, who takes up the role from today. Looking forward to working with him. Please do follow him on Twitter @WOCarlSteedman" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Ground View". Soldier Magazine. 1 August 2021. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer". Royal Air Force website - Senior Commanders. RAF.mod.uk. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force". Royal Air Force Families Federation. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  18. ^ @AdmTonyRadakin (31 July 2020). "Thank you, WO1 Mason, for your magnificent service and all that you have done for @RoyalMarines and @RoyalNavy. Congratulations on an exemplary career. And welcome to WO1 Richard Angove as the new Corps RSM. Well done on your appointment, and looking forward to working with you" (Tweet) – via Twitter.