In honor of William “Joe” Gainey for his 33 years of loyal and dedicated service to the mission and to our Nation, Trident University is offering a graduate degree scholarship to all eligible E-9 active duty, reserve, and National Guard members currently serving in the U.S. Armed Services.
William “Joe” Gainey was the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff a position created to advise the chairman on matters of professional development of enlisted personnel assigned to joint billets. Gainey was the first person selected to serve in this position beginning October 1, 2005.
Gainey enlisted in the Army under the delayed entry program in 1974 and entered basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., on June 17, 1975. Since then, he has served in a number of enlisted leadership positions, from gunner to command sergeant major. He served in Operation Joint Endeavor (IFOR), Operation Joint Guard (SFOR3), and Operation Joint Forget (SFOR 8) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He retired after nearly 33 years of service to the nation on April 25, 2008 with the rank of Command Sergeant Major.
Gainey has always been a firm believer in Higher Education, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Education, both from Trident. He currently serves on Trident University’s Board of Trustees. He also serves as a Board Advisor for Centurion Military Alliance, Military Program Advisor for Eye Safety Systems, and is the founder and owner of WGainey Consulting.
The scholarship is in addition to the Military Education Grant which provides an additional scholarship amount of $300 per courses. This allows for E-9s to have no out of pocket cost towards their Trident graduate degree.