Command Sergeant Major John T. Raines assumed responsibility as the 7th Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Mississippi National Guard (MSNG) on July 10, 2015. Raines also serves as the State Command Sergeant Major for the Mississippi Army National Guard (MSARNG). He advises the Adjutant General of Mississippi and the Assistant Adjutant General, Army on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He also travels with the Adjutant General visiting Mississippi Guardsmen deployed around the world.
Prior to assuming responsibility as the MSNG SEA, Raines served as the Joint Operations Senior Enlisted Leader for US Pacific Command, where he was responsible for coaching and mentoring joint US Forces as well as multi-national partners throughout the region.