FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Jan.16, 2013) -- U.S. Army Forces Command was the site for the 2nd Quarter, Fiscal Year 2013 Sergeant Major of the Army Board of Directors Meeting held Jan. 14-15 in the FORSCOM headquarters at Marshall Hall.

The meeting, chaired by the SMA, serves as an opportunity for the Army's senior enlisted leaders to come together and share current information about the Army, while discussing issues affecting Soldiers and Army Families, from the leader's perspective.

Attendee's include the senior command sergeants major of Army commands and select staff sergeants major representing Headquarters, Department of the Army staff directorates and agencies.

The outcome of these meetings is to ensure pro-active positions established by the sergeant major of the Army are ready for presentation to the chief of staff, Army and other senior leaders.

"The Board of Director's is a quarterly venue that I hold to provide feedback, collaboration, and understanding of major emphasis (issues) that the Army has over the next quarter or six months to a year," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III.

"We're trying to project into the future some policy decisions and actions, look at them from a Soldier perspective, and then provide feedback to the chief of staff and secretary of the Army," he added.

The two-day session included briefings and discussion on topics such as personnel, operations, physical fitness, security and health.

"We had a great session, we were able to discuss several key issues that we got feedback on that we'll bring back to the secretary and the chief next week and they'll be able to move forward in their decision-making process," Chandler said.

The initial Sergeant Major of the Army Board of Director meeting for FY 2013 was held in Washington, D.C., on the final day of the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 22-24, 2012. The schedule for the next meeting, to be held in the Pentagon, will be announced within the next few weeks.