Troy A. Daugherty was born in Alachua, Florida, in 1948. After joining the Army in 1970, he served as an Instructor, Tank Turret Repairman, and Armament Shop NCOIC at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and in Germany. In 1976, when he was a Staff Sergeant, he received a warrant officer appointment and was assigned as Acting Chief of the Logistics Inspection Team, Inspector General's Office, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
From 1996 to 1980, Daugherty served as Armament Repair Technician first in C Company, 702nd Maintenance Battalion, Korea; and then in the 503rd Maintenance Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At Fort Bragg, his shop set a record of four consecutive months of zero deadlines for all howitzers in the XVIII Airborne Corps. During this assignment, he was selected to test and evaluate the M198 Howitzer for the Operational Test and Evaluation Agency and subsequently assigned as the M198 Fielding Project Officer for the entire XVIII Airborne Corps.
Next, Daugherty served as Armament Maintenance Chief in the 1st Maintenance Battalion and then the 504th Maintenance Company in Germany. In 1981, he was selected to serve as Force Modernization Officer for the 7th Support Group, monitoring the deployment of 72 new systems to the units supported by the Group.
In 1983, he returned to the States to work in the Materiel Division of Combat Developments at the Ordnance Center and School. He coordinated with civilian industry, the Training and Doctrine Command, and the Department of the Army on maintenance management and training requirements for twelve projects, to include the Fire Support Team Vehicle. In 1985, Daugherty was selected to command the Ordnance Center and School's Warrant Officer Candidate Company. He supervised a cadre of 11 warrant officers and 19 enlisted Soldiers and a student contingent averaging 200 candidates.
After he completed the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course, Daugherty returned to Korea in 1987 to serve as the Armament Maintenance Chief of the 702nd Maintenance Battalion. When he returned to the States in 1988, he was assigned to the Directorate of Training and Doctrine at the Ordnance Center and School where he managed all active duty and reserve component mechanical maintenance warrant officer training.
In 1991, based on his vast knowledge of the warrant officer program, Daugherty was asked to serve as the Personnel Proponent Warrant Officer in the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, a position which later evolved into that of the Regimental Warrant Officer. In 1992, he was reassigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps as the Warrant Officer Management Officer and served as the principal advisor to the G1 on all matters pertaining to the Corps' 450 technical service warrant officers.
Upon selection to Chief Warrant Officer Five in 1995, Daugherty was nominated and selected to serve as the Senior Personnel Proponency Officer at the Combined Arms Support Command, Fort Lee, Virginia. In this position, he was responsible for all personnel proponency actions concerning combat service support warrant officers.
CW5 Daugherty retired in 1997 after more than 26 years of dedicated service to the Ordnance Corps and the Army's warrant officer program.