Get to Know Your Senior Enlisted Leaders

By Katie Lange
Defense Media Activity

Do you know who your senior enlisted leaders are?

Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell (center) and the senior enlisted advisors for the U.S. Combatant Commands brief the media in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room in Washington, D.C., Nov. 28, 2017. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith

A lot of enlisted service members actually don’t, but you should since they’re the ones who represent you during meetings with Defense Department leaders, civilians and foreign service leaders.

At the top of the list is the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The enlisted leaders who serve directly under him are the service senior enlisted advisors and the senior enlisted leaders for the combatant commands.

So, who is who? We’ve compiled a list of them and included their photos and bios.

Army Command Sgt. Major John W. Troxell is the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman, which makes him the senior-most noncommissioned officer in all of the U.S. military. He’s only the third person to hold the position.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell and other senior enlisted advisors brief the media at the Pentagon. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith

Troxell was appointed by the chairman, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, to serve as an advisor to the chairman and the secretary of defense on all matters involving joint and combined total force integration, utilization, total force fitness, and joint development for enlisted personnel.

Troxell is basically the person who connects the chairman and the secretary of defense to the service senior enlisted advisors (SEAs) and the combatant command senior enlisted leaders (CoCom CSELs), who can connect with all of the force’s enlisted members.  You can follow Troxell on Facebook and Twitter.

The SEAC normally holds the position for the length of the chairman’s tenure, which is normally about four years.

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Get to Know Your Senior Enlisted Leaders