Jack L. Tilley


Jack Tilley is the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army, serving from 2000-2004 and retired after 36 years of active service in the U.S. Army in 2004. As the Army’s senior most enlisted member and principal advisor to the Army Chief of Staff as well as Secretaries of the Army and Defense, he was responsible for addressing all enlisted-related matters for nearly 1.3 million active duty, reserve and Army National Guard personnel, particularly in areas affecting soldier training and quality of life. He routinely testified before both House and Senate Armed Services committees along with his senior enlisted service counterparts representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

A native of Vancouver, Washington and Vietnam War veteran, Jack has held a variety of important leadership positions throughout his 34 year career including tank commander, section leader, drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, senior instructor, operations sergeant, first sergeant and command sergeant major. His military education includes the First Sergeants Course and the Sergeants Major Academy.

Among his numerous awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with V Device, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals.

After retirement, Jack has continued his advocacy for all servicemembers. He is co-chairman of the American Freedom Foundation,a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation organized to honor veterans of America’s armed forces and raise money and awareness for various veterans’ organizations with special emphasis directed to welfare and educational issues facing those wounded in action, those disabled and families and children of veterans killed in action during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has worked tirelessly with the organization managing the annual successful fund-raising benefit concerts with top named entertainment.

Jack has also become a successful management consultant, working with top Fortune 500 companies on a variety of projects and programs that are unique to the military community. He is President/CEO of J.Tilley Inc.

A well sought after public speaker, whose primary topic is on raising the public consciousness in support of the military servicemembers and veterans, Jack continues to serve in retirement through his involvement on the Army Retirement Council and the special advisory board for ‘Wounded Warriors.’