US Military’s Top Enlisted Leader Suspended Amid Investigation

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to enlisted members of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. during a visit to the installation Aug. 3, 2018. (U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Katherine Spessa)
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to enlisted members of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. during a visit to the installation Aug. 3, 2018. (U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Katherine Spessa)

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military's senior ranking enlisted servicemember has been suspended from duty pending an inspector general's investigation.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell has been temporarily removed from his position as the senior enlisted adviser to Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for the Joint Staff.

"Due to the ongoing Army investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment on the nature of the alleged misconduct or investigation details," Ryder said Thursday in a statement. "We will wait for a full accounting of the facts and will not presuppose any findings or outcomes."

It was not immediately clear what prompted the investigation.

Troxell has served as the senior enlisted adviser to Dunford since December of 2015.

He will perform duties as a special assistant to the vice director of the Joint Staff while the Army conducts its investigation, Ryder said.

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