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Philip A. Floyd

January 3, 1932 - June 14, 2018

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

 

Civilian Education  

  • Phil Floyd was educated in public schools in Norfolk, VA, and Norfolk County.  
  • Graduated from Maury High School in June, 1949.
  • Attended two years at the Technical Institute, College of William and Mary and VPI, Norfolk Division 1954-1955.
  • Attended Apprentice School, Norfolk Naval Air Station including the Philco Electronics course in 1956-1957.
  • Night school at the University of Virginia, William and Mary and Saint Leo College led to AA and BA degrees in Management and Human Resource Development.

 

Military Education

  • Phil completed Basic and Advanced Infantry training at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA, in 1951.
  • Completed Officer Candidate School, Air Defense, at Fort Bliss, TX, in 1952.
  • Completed the Guided Missile and Radar System Maintenance Supervisions course for Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules missiles at Fort Bliss, TX, 1959-1960.
  • Completed the Air Defense Officer Advance course in 1963.
  • Graduated from the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, in 1968.
  • Graduated from the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA, in 1977.

 

Career Highlights

  • Enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War in September, 1951.  Commissioned second lieutenant, Air Defense Artillery, in June 1952, and served as a platoon leader in a gun battery in the New York, New Jersey air defense region.
  • Separated from the Army in December, 1953, and attended technical institute and electronics apprentice training under the GI bill.
  • Phil was recruited by the National Guard in 1957 for an on-site air defense supervisory role as Commander of Battery C, 615th AAA Gun Battalion following the surprise launching of the Russian satellite, Sputnik, and the expansion of the United States air defenses of military complexes and large population centers.  These gun batteries were later transitioned to missile units and Phil served in positions of increased responsibility culminating in command of the Virginia National Guard’s 4th Missile Battalion, 111th Artillery.
  • During this period, Phil served two ninety day short tours of duty at the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon and worked as an action officer on the Base Reduction and Closure program of 1974, which eventually deactivated the missile bases.  Lt. Colonel Floyd was then selected for an active duty tour as the Mobilization Staff Officer to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA. From this position, he went on to graduate from the Army War College and serve two additional active duty tours.  As the National Guard Logistics Advisor to Headquarters Forces Command, he worked on several important projects. One was aiding in the drafting of the force structure for an Army Logistical Support Command; the second was to help devise a plan for pre-positioning of Army equipment at overseas locations in order to support a rapid deployment of forces.
  • In 1979, Colonel Floyd returned to Fort Monroe as the Senior National Guard Advisor to Headquarters TRADOC where he coordinated National Guard Training at Army training centers and US Army service schools.

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.

 

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Monday, June 18, 2018

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location:

Aldersgate United Methodist Church-Norfolk

5767 Sellger Dr.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502


Cemetery Information

Location:

Forest Lawn Cemetery

8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505


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