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Dunford Chooses Korea-Based Sergeant Major as Next Senior Enlisted Advisor

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2015 — Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell has been selected to succeed Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia and serve as the third senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. announced today.

"All of the candidates epitomize senior enlisted leadership," Dunford said. "Sergeant Major Troxell is someone soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors can look up to. He can inspire people, and he is someone I trust to tell me things straight."          

Troxell is the command senior enlisted leader of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea, stationed in Yongsan, South Korea. He enlisted in the Army in 1982 as an armored reconnaissance specialist and has served in numerous units throughout his career. He also served five combat tours of duty in Operation Just Cause, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and one in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Principal Advisor on Enlisted Matters

As the SEAC, Troxell will serve as the armed forces' most senior noncommissioned officer and the principal military advisor to the chairman and the secretary of defense on all matters involving joint and combined total force integration, utilization, health of the force and joint development for enlisted personnel.

He will be the third enlisted service member to hold the position. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. "Joe" Gainey was the first to hold the position from Oct. 1, 2005, until he retired in April 2008, and Battaglia, who was sworn in Sept. 30, 2011, is retiring.