By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

Command Sgt. Maj. Rory L. Malloy, the 1st Cavalry Division's senior noncommissioned officer, is set to depart Fort Hood for the top post at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss. Last week's announcement came as the division prepares for an early spring deployment to Afghanistan.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command made the announcement on several of its social media outlets last week, though few other details were available. It isn't yet known when Malloy will take the school's top post, representatives from the academy and the 1st Cavalry Division said last week.

Malloy will replace Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Rosen, who assumed command of the academy from then-Command. Sgt. Maj. Raymond F. Chandler III on Feb. 16 at Fort Bliss. Rosen is serving as commandant and deputy commandant on an interim basis, according to information from the academy.

Chandler replaced Kenneth O. Preston as the sergeant major of the Army. He was sworn in by George W. Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, on March 1 at the Pentagon.

Chandler was the first enlisted soldier to serve as the academy's commandant, according to information from the Army, having moved up from the top noncommissioned officer spot.

Malloy assumed responsibility of the 1st Cavalry in June 2008. He replaced Command Sgt. Maj. Donald R. Felt, who served as the division's interim senior noncommissioned officer after Command Sgt. Maj. Philip F. Johndrow departed Fort Hood in April 2008. Johndrow went on to serve as the senior noncommissioned officer for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Before coming to the 1st Cavalry, Malloy was the highest ranking enlisted soldier at Fort Polk, La., and its Joint Readiness Training Center. He served alongside then-Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, who commanded the Louisiana post.

Bolger took command of the 1st Cavalry in April 2008 and later brought Malloy to Fort Hood to serve with him once again.

The two led the 1st Cavalry to Baghdad in late 2008, where it served as head of Multinational Division-Baghdad through early 2010.

Bolger relinquished command of the division to Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn on April 8. He moved on to Washington, where he received his third star and took over as the Army's deputy chief of staff for operations.

Allyn has not announced who will succeed Malloy.

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