Retired Command Sergeant Major William Joseph Gainey Joins ESS' Corporate Advisory Panel

June 23, 2008  |  ESS UPDATES
Retired Command Sergeant Major William Joseph Gainey Joins ESS' Corporate Advisory Panel

Eye Safety Systems, Inc. (ESS) is proud to announce that Retired Command Sergeant Major Joseph Gainey joined ESS as a member of its Corporate Advisory Panel on June 15, 2008, and will help steer the future of the company.

'I'm honored to be considered part of the ESS team because I believe in their products', said Mr. Gainey.

'ESS is pleased to welcome Retired Command Sergeant Major Gainey to our Corporate Advisory Panel,' expressed John Dondero, president of ESS.  'We look forward to working with Mr. Gainey and learning from his vast military experiences in order to ensure that ESS' eye and face protection products continue to provide our service men and women with the highest level of protection and user satisfaction.'

Mr. Gainey recently retired from the U.S. Army, where he completed his distinguished career after being selected as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In that position, he interfaced with the most senior leaders of all military service branches and personally advised the Chairman on matters of professional development for enlisted personnel in a joint environment.  Additionally, he has been fighting the Global War on Terrorism on the ground along-side Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors.

With tremendous insight and experience from the many positions he has held throughout his distinguished Army career, Mr. Gainey brings a wealth of knowledge to ESS.  He enlisted in the Army under the Delayed Entry Program in 1974 and entered basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 17, 1975.  During his 33-year career, this highly decorated Soldier served in every leadership position from command group gunner to Command Sergeant Major in support of numerous Operations including Operation Joint Endeavor (IFOR), Operation Joint Guard (SFOR 3), Operation Joint Forge (SFOR 8) and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Mr. Gainey is a graduate of many military schools and training programs that include the Drill Sergeant School, Airborne School, Jump Master School, Air Movement Officer's Course, Observer Controller Course, First Sergeants Course, Pathfinder School, and the United States Sergeants Major Academy, Class 41. 

As a member of the ESS Corporate Advisory Panel, Mr. Gainey will serve as a senior U.S. Military mentor.  His intimate knowledge of the combat conditions in which modern Soldiers are required to operate and of the demands put on their gear will help ESS shape the future of its combat eye and face protection products and program development for the U.S. Department of Defense.


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"Dear ESS, On deployment in 2012, my vehicle was struck with an IED while performing route clearance in Afghanistan. The IED flipped my vehicle, knocking me unconscious and launching my rifle into my face. My cheek, nose, and eye socket were shattered from the impact, but my eye was saved from the ESS Crossbow I was wearing. When I put a pair of Crossbows back on, you can clearly see where I would have lost my eye if I wasn't wearing them." SSG Pronzati