Army suspends 1st female drill sergeant leader

By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER | December 15, 2011 | 9:20 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Army has suspended the first woman to lead its drill sergeant school while it investigates an undisclosed personnel matter.

A spokesman for the Army's Training and Doctrine Command says Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King remains commandant of the school at Fort Jackson in South Carolina but is suspended 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.