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Daniel A. Dailey (born January 11, 1969) is a retired United States Army soldier who served as the 15th Sergeant Major of the Army from January 30, 2015 to August 9, 2019. Prior to his tenure as the Sergeant Major of the Army,[1] he served as the Command Sergeant Major for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Daniel A. Dailey
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Dailey at the Pentagon in January 2015
Born (1969-01-11) January 11, 1969 (age 50)
Palmerton, Pennsylvania, United States
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1989–2020
RankSergeant Major of the Army
Battles/warsGulf War

Iraq War

AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star (4) with "V" Device
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Army Commendation Medal (7)
Army Achievement Medal (10)
WebsiteOfficial profile
Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey

Early life and educationEdit

A native of Palmerton, Pennsylvania, Dailey entered the United States Army as an 11B (Infantryman) in 1989. He enlisted at the age of 17 prior to graduating high school.[2] He attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Excelsior College.

Military careerEdit

Dailey's military education includes Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, the Bradley Master Gunner Course, the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course, First Sergeants Course, the Force Management Course, the Keystone Course, the Sergeants Major Academy, and the Command Sergeants Major course. He has served in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Infantry Divisions.

Dailey is decorated with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his leadership during the Siege of Sadr City. Later, he was selected as the 4th Infantry Division command sergeant major in 2009. Prior to his selection as the Sergeant Major of the Army, he served as the command sergeant major of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.

As Sergeant Major of the Army, Dailey served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army's personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting soldier training and quality of life. In August 2019, Dailey stepped down as SMA to be succeeded in his post as Sergeant Major of the Army by CSM Michael A. Grinston.[3] Dailey's official retirement date is January 1, 2020.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Dailey is a member of the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion) and a member of the Distinguished Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.[5][6][2]

Eric Fanning, Mark A. Milley and Daniel A. Dailey

Dailey has a wife and son.[7][8]

He is the brother of David Dailey, who runs Pencor's Service Center, and the son of David Dailey Sr., a longtime Pencor employee and wife Eileen. He is also the brother of James E. Dailey who is the General Manager/COO of the Blue Mt. Ski Resort located in Palmerton, PA.[9]

Dailey and Milley in the new "Army Greens".

Awards and decorationsEdit


  1. ^ Rempfer, Kyle (16 August 2019). "Army 'ahead of schedule' in integrating women in combat arms, outgoing SMA says as he departs". Army Times. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Newsmaker Q&A: Daniel Dailey, Sergeant Major of the Army". The Morning Call. March 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "New Sergeant Major of the Army Named". Association of the United States Army. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  4. ^ "SMA Dailey receives certificate of retirement". Joint Chiefs of Staff. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  5. ^ "SMA Dailey: "I am merely a product of the best the Army has ever had to offer" – NCO Journal".
  6. ^ "Sergeant Major of the Army – The United States Army". Sergeant Major of the Army – The United States Army.
  7. ^ "Holly Dailey Daniel Dailey Photostream". Zimbio. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  8. ^ "From humble roots, Dailey now ensures Soldiers are educated, fit to fight and smiling". Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  9. ^ "Palmerton man achieves top Army post | Times News Online". Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  10. ^ "From trade skills to black socks, outgoing SMA hands over the job, says 'great things' ahead from his replacement – Army Times".
  11. ^ "Congratulations to former SMA Dailey on retiring after over 30 years – Facebook".

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