The Army I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is filling one of its top jobs on the cusp of its scheduled deployment to Afghanistan this fall with an Iraq War veteran who has fought with one of the base’s Stryker brigades.
Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell is expected to arrive at Lewis-McChord in March to start his assignment as the senior noncommissioned officer for the I Corps.
The corps is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan this summer, where it will oversee daily combat operations for American, NATO and Afghan forces.
Troxell is no stranger to Western Washington. He was the command sergeant major for Lewis-McChord’s 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division for one its tours in Iraq.
He’s coming off an assignment as the command sergeant major for the Army Accessions Command and Human Resource Center of Excellence at Fort Knox, Ky.
“He is a proven and very experienced warrior-leader, including experience here at JBLM,” said Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, I Corps commanding general.
Troxell succeeds I Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Grippe, who now is the senior noncommissioned officer at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla.