Sergeant Major of the Army William A. Connelly who served as the 6th Sergeant Major of the Army has endorsed the petition for Audie.
The post of Sergeant Major of the Army is a unique non-commissioned rank in the United States Army. The holder of this rank is the most senior enlisted member of the Army and is appointed to serve as a spokesman to address the issues of enlisted soldiers to all officers, from Warrant Officers and Lieutenants to the Army's highest positions. The SMA is the senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of Staff of the US Army. The exact duties vary, depending on the Chief of Staff, though much of the SMA's time is spent traveling throughout the Army, observing training and talking to soldiers and their families.
While the SMA is a non-commissioned officer, the position is protocol equivalent to a lieutenant general.
There have been 14 Sergeants Major of the Army since the position was created in 1967. Sergeant Major Connelly served as the sixth.
Here is his bio:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_A._Connelly
Here is his endorsement: