Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, Senior Enlisted Adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Fort Bragg during All American Week.

Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, Senior Enlisted Adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Fort Bragg during All American Week.

Troxell’s job is to go around and gain the pulse of the force on behalf of the chairman and the secretary of defense, to act as their eyes and ears. He travels around the world from 2-3 weeks a month visiting service members from all branches, where ever they’re serving, said Msg. Robert Couture, Troxell’s public affairs officer.

This week he visited JSOC and the 2nd SFAB. He spoke to the leaders and Soldiers in SFAB. He wanted to learn what they’re doing, what lessons they’re learning from the first SFAB, and how they’re preparing for their mission, he said.

“It’s critical that they understand who they are and what they do and how vital they are to the defense of our homeland,” he said.

With the leaders, he discussed the need to learn from the challenges of the first SFAB, whom he visited in Afghanistan; the debate over whether the organization should be volunteer-based, why Soldiers join SFAB, training for SFAB, and more.

After meeting the leaders, he talked to a group of Soldiers from SFAB.

“Every day that you’re out there doing your missing in Afghanistan, you have to four things, and you have to know them well: know yourselves, your capabilities, what your mission is there, and what your authorities are,” Troxell told the Soldiers.

His visit wasn’t all business.

The 373 Cav. dedicated a classroom to him and three other alumni, including Command Sgt. Maj. William Gainey, who was the 1st Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“For the two of them, at one time, to be in the exact same platoon, in the same company, in the same unit, is unprecedented. At the highest ranks, that doesn’t often happen and especially for a position where there’s only been 3,” said Msg. Couture.

He was also at Fort Bragg to visit the 82nd Airborne Division, with whom he served for 13 years.

He watched the Airborne Review and reminisced about his experiences with them and the practicality of the jump.

“Doing things like this in the 1980s as a member of this division and the 3rd battalion, 73rd armor prepared me to do it in combat during Operation Just Cause when we parachuted in forcible entry. It’s so special to be back that it almost brings a tear to my eye,” Troxell said.

He’s still Airborne at heart.

“I tell my team all the time up in Washington, D.C.: If you park a C130 out here and put 60 parachutes, I’ll jump ‘em all,” he said.