Rear Adm. James Malloy, a native of Silver Spring, Maryland, is a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Command, Control and Communications) from the Naval Post Graduate School, a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College and a Master of Health Sciences in Emergency and Disaster Management from Touro University.
His sea tours include assignments on USS Deyo (DD 989), USS Fahrion (FFG 22) and USS Benfold (DDG 65). He deployed in command of both USS Falcon (MHC 59) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91), guiding Pinckney through her maiden deployment. He commanded Destroyer Squadron 50, acting as commander, Middle East Force (CTF 55); and commander, Coalition Task Group 152.1 operating at sea and from Naval Command Centers in Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Most recently, he commanded Carrier Strike Group 10; deploying to the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Ashore, Malloy served as the Navy Theater Missile Defense officer and commander in chief operations briefer in the J3 Directorate at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. Following the 9/11 terror attack, he stood up the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Friendly Forces Coordination Cell in Bahrain, acting as the deputy for this operational liaison staff. His staff assignments include flag aide to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain; initial requirements officer for the Littoral Combat Ship on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations Surface Warfare Directorate (N86); head, Washington Placement Branch at Naval Personnel Command (PERS 441); assistant deputy director, Politico-Military Affairs in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) on Joint Staff; and most recently as deputy director of operations, U.S. Central Command (J3).
Malloy assumed duties as vice director for operations on the Joint Staff in July 2017.