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Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations personnel, Dec. 3, 2019, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Troxell thanked them for their service in providing dignity, honor and respect to fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations personnel, Dec. 3, 2019, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Troxell thanked them for their service in providing dignity, honor and respect to fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens to Master Sgt. Stasia Smith, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Fisher House noncommissioned officer, Dec. 3, 2019, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Troxell visited the Fisher House to discuss the services provided to families of fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens to Master Sgt. Stasia Smith, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Fisher House noncommissioned officer, Dec. 3, 2019, on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Troxell visited the Fisher House to discuss the services provided to families of fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Master Sgt. Naomi Bouska, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations  noncommissioned officer in charge of uniforms, briefs Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dec. 3, 2019, during an orientation of the mortuary facility. Troxell thanked Bouska, Sgt. 1st Class Nicole McMinamin and Senior Airman Isai Sorcia for their service in providing dignity, honor and respect to fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Master Sgt. Naomi Bouska, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations noncommissioned officer in charge of uniforms, briefs Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dec. 3, 2019, during an orientation of the mortuary facility. Troxell thanked Bouska, Sgt. 1st Class Nicole McMinamin and Senior Airman Isai Sorcia for their service in providing dignity, honor and respect to fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to Team Dover members during an all call Dec. 3, 2019, inside the base theater at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Troxell addressed air mobility’s role in national defense and the importance of readiness during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to Team Dover members during an all call Dec. 3, 2019, inside the base theater at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Troxell addressed air mobility’s role in national defense and the importance of readiness during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. --

With little more than a week before his planned retirement, Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Dover AFB, Dec. 3, 2019.

This marked Troxell’s final official visit to a military installation.

Troxell visited the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, where he shared a personal story from a deployment to Iraq, during which his radio operator was killed by an improvised explosive device.

“We are all members of a warrior class that defends the freedoms, our homeland and way of life, but unfortunately that comes at a price, and that price is men and women end up paying the ultimate sacrifice,” said Troxell. “We have a responsibility to make sure that when they are brought back home, they’re brought back with dignity and respect … and you all do it flawlessly.”

Troxell also met with senior leadership from across the base and spoke with enlisted personnel at an all-call at the base theater.

During his address he highlighted the Air Force’s critical role in national defense and the importance of the air mobility mission to compete with adversaries.

“We could not compete, could not respond and could not win if we did not have this air mobility kind of mission,” Troxell continued. “If we did not have the ability to project combat power forward or dynamic force employment, whether it is bringing in troops, cargo, equipment or vehicles, we wouldn’t be able to project the power we would need to fight and win and certainly defeat any of these near peer kind of threats.”

With readiness being critical to combat superiority, the SEAC highlighted the importance of readiness and its significance to maintaining combat superiority and the Defense Department’s competitive edge.

“They’ve [Airmen] got to be in the peak physical condition and the best condition they can be in first and foremost … and then they have to master the skills of whatever their Air Force specialty code is,” Troxell said. “They have to be technically and tactically proficient at whatever job they have. So, not only are they a greater member of the team, but collectively, the organization can accomplish its mission … in a very proficient manner that would give us the competitive advantage over any kind of threat.”

Beyond responsibility to their team, Troxell also made a point to highlight Airmen’s responsibility to themselves.

“Every person who joins the military, in this instance, every young man or woman who joins the Air Force, does it for a specific reason,” said Troxell. “Sometimes it’s monetary, but for the most part, it’s for growth, development and reaching their untapped potential. The idea is to go out, have goals and get after at being the best Airman you can be. Even if you are only going to serve four, five or six years, be the best you can be, and maximize the opportunities that the Air Force gives you to grow and develop.”