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Army replaces female head of drill sergeant school

Associated Press

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) – The first female commandant of the Army’s elite drill sergeant school, who had been suspended for a time by the Army, has bid a tearful farewell to supporters, students and colleagues as she stepped down from her historic position.

Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King says the past six months of being suspended and then reinstated amounted to very trying times. She says she still believes the Army is a great place to serve the country.

The Army never explained why it suspended her on Nov. 29, nor did it offer a full explanation when she was reinstated May 11. It would just say the investigation involved her conduct.

In a colorful passage-of-flag-ceremony at Fort Jackson in South Carolina Thursday, King handed responsibility for the Army Drill Sergeant School to Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McCoy.

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