NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. â€” U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Nellis, Creech and the Nevada Test and Training Range to see and better understand Airmen and their capabilities.
â€œItâ€™s been a very, very good trip,â€ Battaglia said. â€œ[My wife,] Lisa and I have learned a whole lot in a short amount of time.â€
During his time at Nellis, Battaglia toured the base visiting Airmen on the job. He said his visit was insightful, and mentioned how impressed he was to see how much Airmen, at all tiers, are accomplishing.
While touring, the SEAC took time out to speak to Airman and their families. During his time speaking, he discussed the CJCSâ€™ top four priorities, the importance of resiliency and development, and took part in a question and answering session.
The CJCSâ€™ top four priorities are to achieve our national objectives in the current conflicts, develop Joint Force 2020, renew our commitment to the profession of arms and keep faith with our military family.
â€œWeâ€™re changing the culture and lifestyle of how we as service members and families live,â€ Battaglia said. â€œSo, if youâ€™re familiar with Comprehensive Airman Fitness for example â€“ those four domains, we want those domains to serve as ingredients to every Airman to be built into your daily menu or lifestyle for both you and your family. Youâ€™re practicing those domains each and every day to build resiliency so that you and your family and your unit maintain a degree or a level of optimum performance.â€
The SEAC spoke several times during his trip about resiliency, development and pride.
â€œResiliency is one of many things, from a leaderâ€™s standpoint, that needs to start from the top as well as it starts at the bottom,â€ he said. â€œThe video [N.O.W.] has resonated very nicely among the force. Resiliency programs play a huge part in the individual, the family, the unit and the organization, and that happens in a garrison-style environment, as well as it does for combat. Youâ€™ll see as time goes on, resiliency will continue to grow and grow amongst our force.â€
As the force grows and develops, the role development plays doesnâ€™t change, Battaglia said.
â€œDevelopment is going to take place, whether it be in garrison or in combat â€“ any operational theater for that matter,â€ Battaglia said. â€œDevelopment never stops. As a matter fact, even at my level I feel that Iâ€™m still being developed. Development may come in various forms of OJT â€“ on-the-job training â€“ to formal school. I see development maintaining its current course. â€œ
Battaglia is the second person to serve in the role of Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. His predecessor, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Gainey, was the first person to hold the position from 2005 until 2008, when he retired. Battaglia said that while his position may be sort of new and growing, there are some challenging pieces to it.
Battaglia said a major concern of military leadership, and to him personally, is the issue of suicide.
â€œItâ€™s a problem or a challenge that we have yet to crack the code [on],â€ he said. â€œOne of my priorities as this SEAC is to at least develop some effective courses of action to implement or institutionalize into the service member or the service branch in and of itself to help reduce suicides throughout our force. Itâ€™s been very challenging, and that makes it very important in my mind.â€
Battaglia also said he is proud of the new generation of service members.
â€œOver the past 10 years, while our nationâ€™s been in conflict, young men and women have been joining our military â€“ and it tells you they have been joining knowing the possibility or risk to be deployed to harmâ€™s way,â€ he said. â€œThatâ€™s taking place, and some, sadly enough, have given their life to protect our nation and our freedoms, and I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s anything more proud than you can be to see young men and women of our country, our society, joining our ranks and files and wearing the cloth of our nation.â€