Army suspends 1st female drill sergeant leader

Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King /

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Army has suspended the first woman chosen to lead its school for drill sergeants at Fort Jackson, Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King.

A spokesman for the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va., says the 50-year-old commander of its school at Fort Jackson has been suspended but remains commandant during an investigation.

Spokesman Harvey Perritt says he cannot disclose the reason for the suspension, which he described as a personnel matter.

King told The Associated Press on Thursday that she cannot talk about the investigation

She was named commandant at the school in 2009, which handles all training for the order-barking drill sergeants.

The Pentagon ordered the Army to consolidate all schools for the senior-level sergeants at Fort Jackson in 2005 in a cost-saving move.

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