A Palmerton native has been promoted to serve in the top advisery position at the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va.
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command officially welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey as its top-noncommissioned officer during a welcome and retreat ceremony at the TRADOC headquarters building earlier this month.
After welcoming and introducing Dailey, Gen. Robert Cone, TRADOC commanding general, spoke of his qualities and contributions to soldiers, the Army and the nation.
"I went through an exhaustive search and looked hard at six candidates of the Army's best ... I had criteria, and hands down, Command Sgt. Maj. Dailey was the best in all categories," said Cone.
The general also spoke about Dailey's credibility and credentials as a soldier, his reputation as a combat leader, and his ability to be a dynamic role model – all of which led Cone to select him as the top adviser.
"I'm very humbled by the fact that Gen. Cone has the trust and confidence in me to lead this great organization, which in my opinion, is one of the most important positions for a senior noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army," said Dailey during his remarks.
Dailey noted that TRADOC's task is to train and develop the nation's brightest young men and women from the time they join the Army until the time they retire.
"What we are training them to be is very important; we are training them to be our nation's credentials, because when the time comes - and it will - the better trained force will prevail," he said. "And we'll be the ones who authenticate our nation's claim."
Dailey begins his post as TRADOC leads the complex redesign of the Army of 2020 during an era of constrained resources.
With less than a month on station, Dailey has chosen to keep his goal simple: to make the organization better every day, whether that means "influencing one soldier, within this headquarters, or changing an entire formation across TRADOC or the U.S. Army."
A 1990 graduate of Palmerton Area High School, Dailey enlisted in the Army in 1989.
Over 20 years later, Dailey said he "wouldn't have done anything else."
"In terms of being rich, there's a monetary value, and then there's a human value where what you do every day makes a difference not only here, but in other countries," he said. "I enjoy getting up every day."
Dailey said he looks forward to the next phase of his military career.
"I'm excited about training America's soldiers," he said. "They're very willing to defend this great country."
Asked to reflect on his career, Dailey said he's "exceeded my own expectations in the Army."
"I think this is an opportunity to be able to give back," he said. "My intent is to make the organization better every single day."
Daniel is the brother of David Dailey, who runs Pencor's Service Center, and the son of David Dailey Sr., a longtime Pencor employee.