Sergeant Major of Public Affairs

Sergeant Major of Public Affairs

Sgt. Maj. John E. Brenci became the Sergeant Major of Army Public Affairs, July 18, 2013.

As the Army Public Affairs senior enlisted Soldier, he advises the Chief of Army Public Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Army, on all enlisted matters affecting the career field.

Brenci enlisted in the Army in October 1984 as an infantryman. He spent the next three years at Fort Benning, Ga., and Aschaffenberg, Germany, before reclassifying into the Public Affairs career management field. He graduated from the Defense Information School's Basic Journalist Course at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., in 1988.

Prior to being selected as the regimental sergeant major of Army Public Affairs, he served as the command sergeant major of the 10th Press Camp Headquarters “Wolfpack” at Fort Bragg, N.C., from 2012 to 2013. During his time with the 10th Press Camp Headquarters, he deployed his unit in support of Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery efforts in New Jersey and New York. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the command sergeant major of Defense Media Activity-Atlantic in Mannheim, Germany. He also served as the command sergeant major of the American Forces Network Korea in Seoul, Korea, from 2007 to 2009, and served four years as the XVIII Airborne Corps Public Affairs Sergeant Major at Fort Bragg, from 2003 to 2007. During his time with XVIII Airborne Corps, he deployed to Iraq and served as the Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Sergeant Major.

He has held a variety of other positions in Public Affairs, including the U.S. Army Aviation Center and Fort Rucker Public Affairs Chief, 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Chief, Associate Editor of Soldiers magazine, 1st Corps Support Command (Airborne) Public Affairs Non-commissioned Officer-in-Charge and Basic Journalist Course instructor at the Defense Information School (Fort Benjamin Harrison), to name a few. In 2006, he was selected as one of the first five command sergeant major designees in the history of Army public affairs.

He is a graduate of the Editor's Course, Public Affairs Supervisor Course, Joint Public Affairs Supervisor Course, Senior Enlisted Public Affairs Course and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 53), among many others.

Brenci holds a master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Troy State University, and a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Sociology from the University of the State of New York – both of which he earned while on active duty.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal (one bronze service star), Iraq Campaign Medal (two bronze service stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (one bronze service star), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Romanian Parachutist Badge, German Parachutist Badge, Australian Parachutist Badge, German Schutzenschnur (Gold), German Proficiency Badge (Gold), German Sports Award, and the Austrian Marksmanship Badge (Bronze).