Former U.S. Army, Fort Knox senior leader returns for post visit

By Jenn DeHaanApril 20, 2023

Fort Knox Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Sherman Waters speaks with members of the 905th Military Working Dog team and John Troxell, a former Fort Knox command sergeant major and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during Troxell’s visit to Fort Knox April 19, 2023.
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“When I see guys who served here back when I was here who are still a part of this and still giving back here, that warms my heart,” said John Troxell (left) during his visit to Fort Knox. “I know we have leaders who saw how it used to be and they’re now part of bringing renovation and relevancy to the installation.” He stands with U.S. Army Recruiting and Retention College operations director Walter Hampton (right) during a visit April 19, 2023, with whom he served while active duty.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – “When I see guys who served here back when I was here who are still a part of this and still giving back here, that warms my heart,” said John Troxell (left) during his visit to Fort Knox. “I know we have leaders who saw how it used to be and they’re now part of bringing renovation and relevancy to the installation.” He stands with U.S. Army Recruiting and Retention College operations director Walter Hampton (right) during a visit April 19, 2023, with whom he served while active duty. (Photo Credit: Jenn DeHaan, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL
“The recruiting mission is the most absolute important mission right now,” said Troxell. “Every day you put your uniform on, know that our nation’s security is behind what you do.” A former Fort Knox command sergeant major and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Troxell addressed a class at the U.S. Army Recruiting and Retention College during his visit to Fort Knox April 19, 2023.
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FORT KNOX, Ky. – John Troxell, a former Fort Knox command sergeant major and senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, visited the installation April 19.

Troxell was in the area for another engagement and asked to receive an installation update. While on post, Troxell saw the 905th Military Working Dogs team, the Retention and Recruiting College, barracks and Knox Hills housing.

He said he was amazed at the positive changes he saw across the installation since he last served at the post in 2011.

“I think it’s come a long way in terms of quality of life for Soldiers and Families and the community,” said Troxell. “Fort Knox has put a vested effort in modernizing buildings and giving better living quarters to troops. It’s so satisfying to see where it’s at.”

John Troxell speaks with Soldiers outside a Fort Knox barracks during a visit to the installation April 19, 2023.
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John Troxell prepares to view Knox Hills housing during his visit to the installation April 19, 2023.
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Troxell completed basic training at Fort Knox in 1982 and remained on active duty in the Army for more than 30 years before becoming the principal military advisor on all matters related to troops of the U.S. Armed Forces to the Chairman and Secretary of Defense.