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    Marine Tapped to Be Top Enlisted Adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    Marine Tapped to Be Top Enlisted Adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    The Marine Corps' top enlisted service member — Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black — will receive one last promotion, taking the top enlisted job for the entire U.S. .

    The chairman of the Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, named Black as the next Senior Enlisted Adviser to the Chairman (SEAC), the most senior enlisted rank in the military and a position that serves as the chairman's “direct tie to the enlisted ,” a statement said Friday.

    Black, a 35-year Marine veteran, will relieve the current SEAC, Ramón “CZ” Colón-López, on Nov. 3, when the latter retires from the Force.

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    In a statement emailed to Military.com on Saturday, Black said that the promotion is “a privilege.” “This is truly humbling, and I am honored,” he added.

    The Army's top enlisted soldier, Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston, tweeted out his congratulations to Black on Saturday. “I know the Joint Force is in great hands,” Grinston wrote.

    Black joined the Marine Corps in 1988 as a machine gunner, and his battlefield accomplishments drew attention early in his time as the Corps' top enlisted Marine. However, his tenure as the senior enlisted adviser to Marine Corps leadership would be defined by his efforts to improve the quality of life for average Marines.

    Black frequently spoke to the…

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