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John Wayne Troxell is a retired United States Army senior noncommissioned officer who served as the third Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity he served as the principal advisor to the Chairman and the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to the troops of the United States Armed Forces to include the lethality, readiness, fitness, welfare and deployability of the force, as well as joint force development and education. This position made Troxell the most senior enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces. He enlisted in September 1982 as an armored reconnaissance specialist and graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Troxell served in the United States Army for well over 37 years in numerous units throughout his career. Troxell was sworn in as the SEAC on December 11, 2015 and finished his t our of duty on December 13, 2019. His official retirement date was March 31, 2020. During his time as the SEAC, Troxell campaigned for a distinctive rank insignia for the SEAC position much like each of the Service Senior Enlisted Advisors and on December 8, 2019 the Chairman o f the Joint Chiefs of Staff approved the new rank and title and pinned the new rank on Troxell at a ceremony in the Pentagon.

Since his military retirement, Troxell has opened his own consulting firm,
PME Hard Consulting, LLC. Troxell is a member of the Flatter,Inc
speaker’s bureau and is the host of the Leader Talk podcast and the
co-host for the E-Tool Nation podcast and Political Soapbox podcast. He
continues to focus on supporting service members, veterans, their
families, and issues affecting our nation.

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