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Chandler now 14th SMA.

SERGEANT Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III said one of his primary duties as the Army's senior enlisted advisor will be reconnaissance" of the force and its well-being. being.

Chandler was sworn in March 1, to replace retiring Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, who served seven years in the position.

Chandler previously served as the first enlisted commandant of the Sergeants Major Academy. He also served as command sergeant major of the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, in Iraq and command sergeant major of the Armor School. Additionally, he served a three-year tour as an active-duty advisor to the 155th Armored duty Brigade, Mississippi National Guard.

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"He brings a great wealth of talent to this position ... from the operational side, the installation side, the institutional side and the reserve-component side," outgoing Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said, adding that Chandler will be instrumental in helping "operationalize" the reserve components.

--J.D. Leipold/ARNEWS

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Title Annotation:Raymond F. Chandler III, sergeant major of the Army; ARMY NEWS: From Army News Service and other sources
Author:Leipold, J.D.
Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2011
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