Senior military adviser faulted, then reinstated


WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday he reinstated his top enlisted adviser after an investigation found the adviser had violated ethics rules.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Joint Chiefs chairman, said in a statement that he decided to reinstate Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell after weighing the gravity of his ethics violations against the totality of his 37 years of military service.

“Appropriate corrective action has been taken and I’m confident that (he) has learned from this experience,” Dunford said. “I am equally confident in his competence and capability to continue serving as our senior enlisted leader.

Dunford added: “Now it’s time to move on and get back to the important work we have before us.”

Troxell was suspended last September, pending the investigation.

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A statement by Dunford’s office Thursday said Troxell was found to have improperly used military personnel to conduct tasks such as personal errands for him, and he made improper endorsements of commercial fitness and nutrition products on official Defense Department social media platforms.

The statement said Troxell received no personal or monetary gain from his improper endorsements. It did not disclose the administrative actions Dunford took against Troxell before reinstating him.

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