Dan Elder is a retired Command Sergeant Major with more than 35-years serving soldiers and their families. With overseas duty in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Iraq, Dan’s culminating assignment was as the senior enlisted advisor of a major Army Command at the Army Material Command (AMC). He served as an Installation SGM at Letterkenny Army Depot, a Bn CSM and a Multi-Compo Bde CSM at Ft Riley, KS, and as a Sustainment Command CSM at Ft Hood, TX. Dan served on the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Board of Directors and has authored three books, the NCO Guide, Soldier for Life, and Sergeants Major of the Army. Post-retirement Dan now works as an independent consultant and operates a project management company in Killeen TX; he is a certified leadership coach and trainer who has mentored hundreds of defense leaders and supervisors at all levels, Dan leads Balanced Readiness Seminars and provides feedback and action plan development using 360-degree multi-source feedback instruments. He earned a master’s degree in organizational communication from Northeastern University and a BS in business administration from Touro College. He has been married to Gloria for 32-years, they have two daughters and four grandchildren.