John W. Troxell

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John W. Troxell
SEAC John W. Troxell.jpg
Command Sergeant Major John W. Troxell with the new SEAC rank insignia, December 2019
Bornc. 1964 (age c. 57)
Davenport, Iowa
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1982–2020
RankCommand Sergeant Major
Battles/warsUnited States invasion of Panama
Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal (3)
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (5)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (5) w/ "V"
Army Achievement Medal (6)

John Wayne Troxell (born c. 1964) is a retired United States Army senior non-commissioned officer who served as the third Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[1] This position made 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.

Army career[edit]

Troxell served in the United States Army for over 37 years in numerous units throughout his career. They included 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. His official date of retirement was on March 31, 2020.

Troxell's five combat tours of duty included 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 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 misconduct allegations of “the improper use of U.S. military personnel to conduct tasks not associated with their official duties, such as personal errands, and improper endorsement of commercial fitness and nutrition products on official SEAC social media platforms."[3] He was administratively disciplined for breaching ethics rules and re-instated.[4][5][6][7]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
1 star jump.svg Master Parachutist Badge with one bronze Combat Jump Device
Pathfinder.gif Pathfinder Badge
DandMBadge (Small).jpg Driver and Mechanic Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
2nd Infantry Division CSIB.png 2nd Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge
73rd Cavalry DUI.jpg 73rd Cavalry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Service stripe.jpg 12 Service stripes
ArmyOSB.svg 7 Overseas Service Bars
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Commendation Medal with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal (second ribbon to denote fifth award)
Silver oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Gcl-11.png Army Good Conduct Medal (11 awards)
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead device
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svgBronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Southwest Asia Service Medal with two campaign stars
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Award numeral 4.png NCO Professional Development Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with award numeral 4
NATO Meritorious Service Medal bar.svg NATO Meritorious Service Medal
NATO Medal for service with ISAF
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
  • CSM Troxell is a Centurion of the Order of Saint Maurice (National Infantry Association).


Troxell is married to the former Sandra Jiménez, his wife of 32 years from El Paso, Texas. They have three adult sons and two grandchildren.


 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. Copp, Tara (March 28, 2019). "Troxell is back: The military's top enlisted adviser is reinstated to duty after investigation". Military Times. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  4. Schohol, Jeff (Jan 13, 2010). "Investigation finds former top enlisted leader improperly endorsed products and used staff as personal shoppers". Task and Purpose. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  5. 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. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. 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. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "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
Succeeded by
Ramón Colón-López