(June 27, 2017) Army Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner has been named the new senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau.
“He embodies all the qualities we want to represent the soldiers and airmen of our National Guard,” Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the National Guard Bureau chief, said in announcing the selection. “He has my complete trust and confidence. He will be my most important and trusted advisor as we work together as the NGB senior leadership team to support the men and women you command.”
Kepner, a Pennsylvania National Guard member, will be responsible for advising Lengyel on matters affecting the 350,000 enlisted members of the Army and Air National Guard.
He most recently served as the 11th command sergeant major of the Army Guard, advising Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, the director of the Army Guard.
The senior-enlisted advisor’s responsibilities include advising the chief on enlisted matters affecting training and utilization, health of the force and enlisted professional development. The senior-enlisted advisor is the most senior enlisted member of the Guard.
Kepner is the fifth senior enlisted advisor to the CNGB since the position was created by Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum in 2003. After enlisting in 1980, Kepner served with the 82nd Airborne Division and 10th Mountain Division. He joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1987.
Prior to serving as the Army Guard’s sergeant major, he served as command sergeant major of the Pennsylvania Army Guard’s 28th Infantry Division.