SMA engages with Camp Zama Soldiers during visit
CAMP ZAMA, Japan - Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey, 15th sergeant major of the Army, visited Camp Zama April 5 to engage with Soldiers.
As SMA, Dailey is the Army chief of staff's personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force and devotes the majority of his time traveling throughout the Army to observe training and talk to Soldiers and their families.
Dailey's visit included early morning physical training on Yano Field with senior noncommissioned officers from various organizations and units on the installation.
"PT is the best way to start your day," said Command Sgt. Maj. Rosalba Dumont-Carrion, command sergeant major for U.S. Army Garrison Japan. "We had a great opportunity to do some physical activity with our most senior leader who represents us."
PT began with warm-up exercises followed by a 5-mile run around Camp Zama.
Sgt. Jery Hernandez, power generation equipment mechanic assigned to I Corps (Forward) who participated in the run, said the SMA is in great shape.
"It was really great motivation trying to keep up with him," said Hernandez. "The harder he ran, the harder I wanted to run."
The SMA's visit continued with a town hall meeting that included an audience of mostly Soldiers along with other Service members and Civilians.
At the start of the meeting, Dailey presented several Soldiers with one of his coins for recent achievements in their respective organizations. He went on to discuss some of his top priorities and initiatives, including Soldier readiness and NCO-led unit training.
"Regardless of what we're assigned to do, we're all here to do one thing: that's fight and win our nation's wars when asked to do so...that's what we do," Dailey said.
Dailey said Soldiers can be ready "to fight tonight" with good physical fitness and unit training from NCOs.
The SMA commented on the importance of the host nation's perception of the Army in Japan.
"Host nation partnership and perception are critical to our success," said Dailey. "Every single Soldier in the United States Army is responsible to maintain that coalition partnership that we need to secure our future."
Dailey endorsed the recent change to the blood alcohol level on Camp Zama and installations throughout Japan from .05 to .03, which matches Japan's level.
"I love the policy put in place by the leadership here with regards to blood alcohol. My rule has always been 'if you have one sip of alcohol, you do not drive.'"
He also encouraged Soldiers to maintain order, disciple and high standards.
"I don't ask Soldiers to be the best - just do your best!"