USABGR Philip A. Floyd, VIRGINIA BEACH – Former Assistant Adjutant General and former Chief of Staff, Virginia Army National Guard, Philip Austin Floyd, Brigadier General (Ret), passed away on June 14, 2018 at the age of 86. A Norfolk native, Philip proudly served his country on active duty as a full time military technician for more than 39 years, including command of Virginia’s Nike Hercules Missile units during the Cold War.
Philip was predeceased in death by his parents, John A. and Sarah E. Floyd , his sister, Nancy Sanders, and his first wife Betty G. Floyd. He is survived by his wife, June C. Floyd and two sons, S. Craig Floyd and wife, Lori, of Derwood, MD, Kevin A. Floyd and wife, Michele, of Virginia Beach; his wife’s son, William D. Reynolds and wife, Tawnya, of Chesapeake, and their children, Carlie and Paige; four grandchildren, Lindsay Cerilli and husband, Matthew, of Leander, TX; Allison Floyd of Austin, TX; and John and Melissa Floyd of Virginia Beach. He is also survived by his brother, Charles C. Floyd and wife, Barbara, of Smithfield, and sister, Sharon Graham and husband, James, of Chesapeake, and a host of nieces and nephews.
After retirement in September, 1990, he continued to be active in church and community. A lifelong Methodist, he served as a Sunday School teacher for more than 20 years and also served as Chairman of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church Administrative Council for 15 years. He was a longtime volunteer at Sentara Leigh Hospital and played golf with his buddies as often as possible. Philip traveled extensively both in the United States and abroad. He was an avid reader and enjoyed people, history, art, theater, and sports.
A memorial service with Military Honors will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 5767 Sellger Drive, Norfolk, VA with the Rev. Lee Crosby officiating. A reception will follow in the church social hall. Donations may be made to Aldersgate UMC or to the charity of choice in memory of Philip A. Floyd.
The family would like to thank Medi Home Hospice for their care during the last few weeks of his life and a very special thank you to Dr. Meagan Roenker of TPMG for her care.
Additional Biographical Information for Philip Austin Floyd
He separated from active duty in August of 1982, and returned to full time technician service. In 1983, he became the Chief of Staff of the Virginia National Guard serving the eminent Adjutant General of Virginia, Major General John Castles. Given liberal latitude of authority and opportunity, Phil helped improve the readiness posture of Virginia National Guard units, helped to build ten new armories and made improvements in security and recruiting programs. He had many special experiences but none more rewarding than being a part of the reactivation of the World War II famed 29th Infantry Division into the Virginia and Maryland National Guard. Other memorable tasks included assisting in forming the State Defense Force to take over armories in the event of unit mobilization and to assist state authorities in domestic crises; and participating in the return of Montpelier, the James Madison home, to the State of Virginia by the DuPont family and planning and coordinating events celebrating the anniversary of the Constitutional Congress in 1986-1987.
In January 1987, Phil retired as a federal technician and was promoted to Brigadier General serving as Assistant Adjutant General for Army. He held this position until September, 1990.
Associations, Awards and Recognitions
Among his many awards are the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Guard Bureau Meritorious Service Award and the National Guard Bureau Eagle Award.
State medals include the Virginia Legion of Merit and many achievement and service ribbons.
Phil was a life member of the National Guard Association of the United States and a charter member and past president of the Virginia National Guard Association. He also served as past president of the Douglas MacArthur Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. In this capacity, he assisted Norfolk Mayor Fred Duckworth, et al, to bring the MacArthur Memorial to Norfolk, Virginia.
Phil also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia National Guard Foundation.
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