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CSM to be Afghanistan senior enlisted leader

Oct. 14, 2011 - 05:18PM   |   Last Updated: Oct. 14, 2011 - 05:18PM  |  
Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Capel has served one tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He is currently command sergeant major for U.S. Army Europe.
Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Capel has served one tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He is currently command sergeant major for U.S. Army Europe. (Army)
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Gen. John Allen, the top military commander in Afghanistan, has chosen an Army sergeant major to serve as senior enlisted leader for the nearly 100,000 U.S. troops on the battlefield.

Command Sgt Maj. Thomas Capel will take over in January for Army Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, who worked for former commander Gen. David Petraeus and stayed on when Allen took over the top job in July.

Capel was a battalion and brigade sergeant major in the 82nd Airborne Division and later served twice as the division's sergeant major.

He has served one tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan, and is currently command sergeant major for U.S. Army Europe.

Allen is the first Marine officer to take command of the U.S.-led operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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