Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, the senior enlisted advisor to the U.S. military’s top officer, visited American troops in Syria to ascertain the situation there in the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Troxell went at the request of his boss, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The sergeant major spoke with reporters traveling with Dunford.
Dunford met with Iraqi leaders and visited American troops in Hammam al Alia, Iraq — about 10 miles from Mosul.
“We’ve been trying to get the chairman in to meet with troops in Syria, but we haven’t been able to do it,” Troxell said. “I felt I could be his eyes in the region, and he agreed.”
The sergeant major flew to Kobani in Syria and within minutes of landing was out the gate. “They got me on a ground patrol, and then I got to see the Syrian Democratic Forces in action – both training and on security,” he said.