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Release No: 693-06
July 20, 2006

DoD Announces Selection of Enlisted Advisor for Reserve Affairs

The Department of Defense announced today that Marine Corps Reserve Sergeant Major Joseph A. Staudt has been selected to serve as the next senior enlisted advisor to the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs (ASD-RA).


            Staudt succeeds Army Reserve Command Sergeant Major Lawrence W. Holland becoming the department’s eighth reserve affairs senior enlisted advisor.  Holland will retire in November. 


            Staudt will be the first Marine senior enlisted to hold this position, and will serve as the principal enlisted advisor to the assistant secretary of defense for all seven branches of the military’s reserve components.


            “I’m delighted to welcome Sergeant Major Staudt aboard, and I’m sure he will excel in looking after the welfare of the over 927,000 enlisted members of the total force ready reserve, in the same manner in which he’s looked out for Marines his entire career,” said Thomas F. Hall, the ASD-RA. 


            Staudt, who recently served in Iraq, is presently assigned as the headquarters Marine Corps reserve affairs Sergeant Major at Quantico, Va.  He enlisted in 1977 and has served in both the active and reserve components of the Marine Corps.  He also has a civilian experience in masonry and construction and has owned and operated his own business.  His military awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.


            The OASD-RA is the principal staff assistance office providing advice to the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness and to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense for reserve component matters in the Department of Defense.

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