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John Wayne Troxell (born c. 1964) is a United States Army command sergeant major, and the third Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[1] This position makes him the most senior enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces. He enlisted in the United States Army in September 1982 as an armored reconnaissance specialist and graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

John Troxell
Command Sergeant Major Troxell in 2015
Bornc. 1964 (age c. 55)
Davenport, Iowa
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1982–present
RankCommand Sergeant Major
Battles/warsUnited States invasion of Panama
Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (4)
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (5)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (6)
Army Achievement Medal (6)

Army careerEdit

Troxell has served in the United States Army for over 30 years in numerous units throughout his career. They include the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fort Bliss, Texas; 2 tours in Germany with the 3rd Armored Division, and the 3rd Infantry Division; 3 tours in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Campbell University Reserve Officers' Training Corps in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and the Special Operation Division of Joint Task Force Six (Counterdrug) in El Paso, Texas. He has served as the command sergeant major of the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York and in Iraq; the regimental command sergeant major of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in both Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Lewis, Washington; the command sergeant major of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington and in Iraq; the 21st command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox, Kentucky; the command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Accessions Command and Human Resource Center of Excellence at Fort Knox, Kentucky, the command sergeant major of I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, the command sergeant major of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan and the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea.

Troxell's five combat tours of duty include making the combat parachute jump and service in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. His military education includes Ranger, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, and the First Sergeant Course. He is a graduate of Class 51 of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Course and the Command Sergeants Major Course. Troxell is also a graduate of the National Defense University Keystone Joint Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, the United States Army War College Strategic Leader Development Course and the Army Strategic Leader Development Course (Intermediate) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Troxell's civilian education includes a Master's degree in Business Administration from TUI University in California. He is a Centurion of the Order of Saint Maurice (National Infantry Association).[2]

Troxell was briefly re-assigned from Senior Enlisted Advisor to Special Assistant to the Vice Director of the Joint Staff, from September 2018 to March 2019, pending the outcome of an investigation of unsubstantiated allegations against him.[3][4][5]


  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Army document "Command Sergeant Major". Retrieved on 23 November 2015.

  1. ^ "Dunford Chooses Korea-Based Sergeant Major as Next Senior Enlisted Advisor". Department of Defense. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "Command Sergeant Major John Wayne Troxell > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Biography View". Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ Dickstein, Corey (September 27, 2018). "US military's top enlisted leader is suspended amid investigation". Stars and Stripes. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Copp, Tara (September 27, 2018). "Top enlisted adviser Troxell suspended, under investigation for alleged misconduct". Military Times. Archived from the original on September 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Dunford reinstates his senior enlisted advisor after investigation finds he violated ethics rules". Task & Purpose. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
Bryan B. Battaglia
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman