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The United States Army has suspended Sgt. Maj. Teresa King, the first woman to ever lead its drill sergeant school. The suspension is pending the investigation of a private personal matter. A spokesman for the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, Harvey Perritt, says he cannot tell the public why King was suspended.
Teresa King, a 50-year old woman, was appointed in 2009, making her the first woman to rise to such a prominent position within the Army. The suspension decision was made by Major General Richard Longo, the Army's deputy commanding general in charge of Basic and Advanced Training.
King was born in Clinton, North Carolina, as the eight of 12 children. Her father was a sharecropper. King entered the military in 1980, right out of high school. She entered drill sergeant school in 1983. Since that time, she has had a stellar military career.