By Amanda Kim Stairrett
Killeen Daily Herald
Command Sgt. Maj. Rory L. Malloy, the 1st Cavalry Division's senior noncommissioned officer, is set to serve as the next commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy at Fort Bliss.
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command made the announcement on several of its social media outlets this 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 Tuesday.
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.
Coming to Fort Hood
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.
1st Cav on the move
Allyn has not announced who will succeed Malloy. Neither were available for comment Tuesday.
Malloy's news comes as the 1st Cavalry prepares for a spring deployment to Afghanistan.
The Defense Department announced this fall that the 1st Cavalry was one of two division headquarters to receive orders to deploy before fall 2011. The division headquarters - which includes the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion - totals about 700 soldiers, according to information from the 1st Cavalry. It is set to replace the 101st Airborne Division's headquarters in Afghanistan, officials said in November.
The division is set to case its colors at an April 15 ceremony at Fort Hood.
This is the first deployment to Afghanistan for any of the division's units. The 1st Cavalry has deployed to Iraq three times since 2003.
The division's 1st Air Cavalry Brigade is also preparing to deploy this year to Afghanistan.
The 3rd and 4th Advise and Assist Brigades are deployed to Iraq. The 1st Brigade Combat Team is serving a monthlong rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., in preparation for a deployment to Iraq. Those soldiers are expected to return to Fort Hood in the coming weeks.
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team is also set to case its colors during the April 15 ceremony. Its soldiers are currently on block leave though they and those assigned to the 1st Brigade have yet to receive official deployment orders from the Defense Department.