A Conversation with CSM (Ret.) Joe Gainey, Podcast #8

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For this week’s podcast I had a conversation with Command Sergeant Major William (Joe) Gainey, a career Calvaryman and Scout, Joe was CJTF-7 and MNC-I CSM, and was selected as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff.

CSM (Ret.) Joe Gainey entered basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 17, 1975 and retired 25, 2008 as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC). Came up as a 19D Scout, served every job from gunner, tank commander, drill sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and a number successive command sergeant major positions. He has four deployments, which included service as the Task Force Eagle CSM in Bosnia Herzegovina and as the CJTF-7 and later MNC-I CSM in Iraq.

Some of the discussions I had with him were on a wide range of topics of interest to service members of many branches, below is a partial list of some of the conversation:

What caused him to join the Army, and what were his goals?

His toughest job while in the military, and why?

The Army is in transition. As budgets are cut and end strength comes down, what concerns does he have about our Army?

What is a Sergeant, in his own words.

The Specialist Mafia

In looking at the curriculum at thee Warrior Leader Course, and how it is different from his initial leadership training.

What are some things that may have surprised him during  transition and since he retired from the Army

What career advice he had for noncommissioned officers today who think they are faced with an uncertain future

The Army’s best Scout Competition, called the Gainey Cup.

What were his Goals when he stepped in to the role of the first senior advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

What was he not able to accomplish that he wanted to?

 Thanks, and we finish the podcast up with his offer to continue to dialog with soldiers and other service members here in the Comments section, so if you have a comment r question for CSM Gainey feel free to post them below and he will attempt  respond back.

CSM Dan Elder, USA, Retired

Dan Elder

About Dan Elder

I entered the Army in Dec 1981 and served in a variety of enlisted leadership positions from squad leader to senior enlisted advisor of an Army Command. I have served in tactical, operational and strategic assignments culminating in my selection as the command sergeant major of a major Army Command, Fort Belvoir, Va. I was selected as the first Senior Enlisted Fellow for the Association of the United States Army I was inducted to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy "Hall of Honor" on August 12, 2010 and to the US Army Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame in May 2012.