By Iuliana Petre

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD – Members of the military community and "friends of the Cav" gathered Tuesday on Cooper Field to say farewell to the division's senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Donald R. Felt, and welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Rory L. Malloy.

Noncommissioned officers from each of the division's subordinate units lined the field in a formation similar to the recent division change of command ceremony involving Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, who assumed command of the division.

As the reviewing officer during the change of responsibility ceremony, Bolger said the division command sergeant major is the "first soldier of the outfit."

"He is an example for all soldiers – private to general. He develops and coaches subordinate noncommissioned officers," Bolger said.

In his farewell remarks during the ceremony, Felt recognized the many command sergeants major with whom he served while holding positions as command sergeant major of the 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and as command sergeant major of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

"They are great examples and people I (could) always turn to," Felt said.

Felt added that the soldiers and noncommissioned officers of the 1st Cavalry Division are "heroic" and are among the "top 25 percent of Americans who volunteered to (serve and deploy) while the nation is at war."

In his remarks, Bolger referred to Malloy as "not average" and as someone who lives up to the words in the soldier's creed, especially the line that reads "I will never quit."

"Malloy focuses not on himself but on the mission and the people entrusted to him," Bolger said. "(Malloy) always makes a difference."

Bolger added that he was certain Malloy will make a difference to the division. Bolger and Malloy will serve as the command team of the division during its next deployment.

Contact Iuliana Petre at or (254) 501-7469.

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