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NEWS | Dec. 13, 2013

The first of its kind

By The Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will host a book release ceremony Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Pentagon Auditorium. The Keynote speaker is Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The book titled, "The Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer: Backbone of
the Armed Forces" it's a first of its kind and is a comprehensive explanation of the enlisted leader across the United States Armed Forces. Written by a team of Active, Reserve and retired senior enlisted leaders from all service branches, the book defines and describes how NCOs/POs fit into an organization, centers them in the Profession of Arms, exposes their international engagement, and explains their dual roles of complementing the officer and enabling the force. As Dempsey writes in his foreword to the book, "We know noncommissioned officers and petty officers to have exceptional competence, professional character, and soldierly grit - they are exemplars of our Profession of Arms."

Aspirational and fulfilling, this book helps prepare young men and women who strive to become NCOs/POs, re-inspires serving enlisted leaders and stimulates reflection by those who have retired from or left active service. It also gives those who have never worn the uniform a better understanding of who these exceptional men and women are, and why they are properly known as the "backbone of the Armed Forces."

As part of the ceremony, the first book will be autographed then delivered to the Library of Congress where it will reside for historical preservation.

Beginning December 17, 2014, at 12 p.m. EST, electronic copies of thebook will be available through the National Defense University Press at, the Joint Electronic Library at, and JDEIS at, or through use of scanning a QR code.