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gets new senior enlisted advisor
Kevin Robinson, DECA
LEE, Va. – Army Sgt. Maj. Max Cathey was introduced as the
Defense Commissary Agency’s new senior enlisted advisor to the
director during the DeCA 2007 training event in Richmond, Va.,
In his new position, he will serve as liaison with the senior
enlisted chiefs of the armed services and advise DeCA’s
director on the needs of enlisted service members.
Cathey, a mobilized Army reservist on active duty, is
on orders to DeCA for two years starting May 14. He leaves his
former position as acting command sergeant major of the 324th
Personnel Replacement Battalion in Starkville, Miss.
“I want our patrons to know that Sgt. Maj. Cathey will be
their military advocate in DeCA headquarters to help work
through any issues that relate to military members, whether
active duty, retired or reservist,” said Patrick Nixon, DeCA
director and chief executive officer. “We are always promoting
this benefit to make it more available to military members,
especially in the retiree and reserve areas, and we know our new
senior enlisted advisor will help us accomplish that goal.”
Cathey is the agency’s seventh senior enlisted advisor
and the third Army sergeant major to hold the position. Air
Force Chief Master Sgt. Deborah A. Brian was the last advisor
from December 2002 to April 2005.
“Our patrons should be aware I am very proud to be part
of the DeCA team,” said Cathey, who has more than 33 years of
military experience. “I will work tirelessly to sustain and
improve the commissary benefit for our military members who have
worked hard, sacrificed much, and richly deserve it.
“I have been using the benefit for more than 40 years, as a
Navy dependent and throughout my military career,” he added.
“Also, my mother worked in the commissary at Naval Air Station
Meridian, Miss., for more than 15 years. Life in and around the
commissary runs deep in my family.”
Cathey’s more than three decades in the Army includes six
years in the National Guard, 24 years as a member of the Army
Reserve and the last two as a mobilized Army reservist on active
duty. In civilian life he leaves his position with the
Mississippi Department of Corrections as the director of
compliance for local detention. Also, Cathey has served as a
certified deputy sheriff (reserve) with various sheriff’s
departments for 15 years. He is also retired from BellSouth
Telecommunications with 25 years of service in installation and
repair of residence and business service.
Cathey graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at
Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1997. He received his Bachelor of Science
degree in business administration from Belhaven College in
Jackson, Miss., in 2001, and expects to receive his master’s
from American Military University, Charles Town, W.Va., in
His awards and decorations include the Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal, Joint Service Commendation Award, Army
Commendation Medal (seventh award), and the Army Achievement
Award, with three oak leaf clusters.