FORT BENNING, Ga., (April 27, 2016) — Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the third Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed an audience of Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course, Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course and Maneuver Captain’s Career Course students April 22 at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
Troxell led by acknowledging the group of students as “the future of the U.S. Army and our Joint Force.”
He then described part of his job to the students saying, “I gain and maintain the pulse of the Joint Force.”
Troxell explained that gaining the “pulse” is done by meeting with various leaders and listening to what they have to say. Following those meetings he takes what he’s learned back to the most strategic leaders within the department of defense.
He added that in order to do this, being interval, relevant and responsive to the Joint Chiefs of Staff is an important part of his job.
He continued saying, “As we move forward and we’re continuing to adapt our military, I’ve also got to be the voice for the Joint Enlisted force.”
Troxell discussed strategies the U.S. Army is employing to get after potential and emerging threats in the world.
He explained that his boss Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is primarily focused on giving the best military advice to the president regarding the five strategic challenges the U.S. Army is presently facing.
Those five strategic challenges are violent, extremist organizations, China, North Korea, Russia and Iran.
Troxell also outlined the national military objectives.
“We’ve got to have the ability to defeat state adversaries, deter and deny conflict,” he said.
Troxell explained that the military has to be able to get after the violent, extremist organizations.
“That means disrupting what they’re trying to do, degrading their ability to gain resources and in the end defeat them,” he said.
Troxell added that the U.S. has to mitigate the risk to its force by leaning upon its partners to assist it as it gets out and about.
“We’ve got to continue to strengthen our global networks of allies and partners,” he said.
Troxell also revealed to the students that the restoration of joint readiness, improving joint warfighting and developing leaders for joint forces are all focus areas of the Joint Chiefs of Staff office.
“As leaders, we anticipate, communicate and mitigate risk to enable us to get after the mission,” he said.
Troxell also mentioned improving global agility as leaders.
“We’re never going back prior to 9/11,” he said.
“Your men and women out there need to be conditioned to have a expeditionary mindset. It’s not if I’m going to deploy, it’s when are we moving out. And you’ve got to prepare them for that,” Troxell continued.
Troxell emphasized that training programs have to be geared towards excellence and not minimum standards.
“You’ve got to demand greater efficiencies are effectiveness out of your organization and the men and women that are in it,” he said.
“Don’t apologize for having high standards,” he added.
Before departing, Troxell offered the students one last piece of advice.
“Never take your duties lightly,” he said.
Photo caption: Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy L. Metheny, left, does Physical Training with Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during his visit Friday April 23, 2016. U.S. Army Photo by Danielle Davis.