Army's top enlisted man to visit Fort Jackson

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- The Army's top enlisted man is scheduled to visit Fort Jackson Thursday.

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler is slated to tour the post outside Columbia on Thursday and was to address its newest crop of military graduates.

The 30-year Army veteran began his military career as a tank crewman. He is the top adviser to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno on soldier training and their quality of life.

Before taking his current job in March, Chandler served as commandant of the Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss in Texas.

More than 60, 000 soldiers graduate from basic combat training and other advanced individual training courses at Fort Jackson every year.

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