Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell "demonstrated a pattern of using his subordinate staff to perform services for his personal convenience" while he served as the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to a redacted copy of an Army Inspector General investigation.

"These unofficial duties included the subordinates going to CVS for him, driving after hours during TDY [temporary duty] to unofficial events, dining with them, and provided unnecessary support to him and his wife," according to the investigation, which Task & Purpose obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Troxell also appeared to endorse TRX fitness equipment and FITCRUNCH protein bars in two separate videos posted on the senior enlisted advisor's official Facebook page, the investigation says. He did not receive any compensation from either company.

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Army Gen. Mark Milley has been confirmed to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"I am humbled and honored to be confirmed as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Milley said Thursday in a statement. "Thank you to the president and the Senate for their confidence. I have been privileged to serve as Chief of Staff of the Army these last four years, and look forward to the opportunity to continue working alongside the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Department of Defense civilians, and families serving our nation's military."

Milley is expected to replace the current chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford on Sept. 30.

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Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell has been reinstated as senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after an investigation found he had violated ethics rules, defense officials announced on Thursday.

An Army Inspector General investigation that finished in late February determined that Troxell had improperly used military personnel to run his personal errands and perform other tasks not associated with their official duties and he endorsed commercial fitness and nutrition products on official social media platforms, a Joint Staff news release says.Troxell received no money or personal gain from these endorsements.

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Should your friend and humble Pentagon correspondent live for another 50 years, you can expect to read a Pentagon Run-Down in 2069 about how many U.S. troops President George P. Bush III plans to leave in Syria. (Assuming, of course, that Joe Biden doesn't run in 2068.)

That's because current President Donald Trump had vowed to pull all U.S. troops from Syria back in December, but since then has agreed to leave some U.S. service members there. The White House initially said about 200 U.S. troops would remain in Syria, but government officials have since pegged the number at several hundred.

Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that up to 1,000 U.S. troops could make up the residual force in Syria. The Pentagon pushed back on that story unusually hard, presumably because defense officials are terrified that Trump will think the military is trying to force him to commit more troops to Syria.

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Up to 1,000 U.S. troops could remain in Syria — more than twice as many as originally announced, according to the Wall Street Journal.

President Donald Trump initially announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but U.S. officials said in February that several hundred troops are expected to remain in Syria to create a "safe zone" along the border with Turkey and to man the al-Tanf garrison, which is located along a supply rote that would allow Iran to supply its proxies in Syria.

On Sunday, Dion Nissenbaum and Nancy Youssef of the Wall Street Journal first reported that the U.S. military is considering leaving as many as 1,000 troops in Syria to prevent Turkey from attacking the United States' Kurdish allies. So far, the United States and Turkey have failed to agree on how to secure the proposed safe zone.

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Google is helping China's People's Liberation Army, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has told Congress on Thursday.

"The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefitting the Chinese military," Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"Frankly, 'indirect' may be not be a full characterization of the way it really is," Dunford continued. "It's more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military."

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