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Major James K. Floyd of the United States Air Force

Mr. Floyd is a former U.S. Air Force Major with over 13 years of active service in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He hails from a family with a rich military history. He was born at Scott AFB, Illinois. His father retired as a Master Sergeant after over 22 years of active service. His step-mother retired as a Chief Master Sergeant after almost 30 years of active service. His grandfather is also a retired Chief Master Sergeant and is a former WW II prisoner of war after being shot down in a B-17 bomber near Magdeberg, Germany.

Mr. Floyd attended three years of high school at Zweibrucken AB, Germany and then graduated from Douglas High School near Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. In 1988, he graduated from South Dakota State University as a Distinguished Graduate of Air Force ROTC. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and attended law school on an educational delay at the University of South Dakota from 1988 to 1991.

Mr. Floyd has extensive criminal litigation experience as both a prosecutor and defense counsel in the U.S. Air Force. He began his courtroom career as a successful prosecutor at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. He was then selected to be an Area Defense Counsel in the Pacific Circuit at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

After excelling as the base defense counsel at Osan, he was selected to serve as a Circuit Defense Counsel and later as the Deputy Chief Circuit Defense Counsel in the European Circuit. During this assignment, he served as lead defense counsel on numerous complex and high profile cases and supervised eight Area Defense Counsel throughout Europe.

Mr. Floyd returned from Europe to Brooks AFB, Texas where he served as the Legal Advisor to the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory. In this position, he provided litigation support for Air Force courts-martial worldwide based on positive drug test results. As the Air Force’s expert on the drug testing program he lectured at Circuit Trial/Defense Counsel Workshops, Military Justice Workshops, AFOSI Forensic Science Workshops, Surgeon General Conferences, the Judge Advocate General School, and a DoD Military Judge’s Workshop.

Mr. Floyd then returned to the courtroom as the Chief Circuit Prosecutor for the USAF Trial Judiciary, Central Circuit. He supervised a staff of five active duty and two reserve Circuit Prosecutors. Mr. Floyd and his staff served as lead government counsel in general and special courts-martial in the busiest and largest judicial circuit in the Air Force, which included an area of responsibility of 25 bases throughout 11 states. During this assignment, he prosecuted several of the highest profile cases in the Air Force.

In his last assignment on active-duty, Mr. Floyd served as an appellate counsel with the Appellate Government Counsel Division of the Air Force Legal Services Agency at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington D.C. He drafted numerous briefs and presented oral arguments before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. While assigned as an appellate counsel, Mr. Floyd was selected as the lead active duty prosecutor on the F-16 Friendly Fire bombing case trial team. This was a high profile national security case stemming from the deaths and injuries of Canadian Forces at Tarnak Farms near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Throughout his career Mr. Floyd was a distinguished adjunct faculty member at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy based Trial and Defense Advocacy Course and the Advanced Trial Advocacy Course.

Attorney James K. Floyd in Court MILITARY AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
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  • Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Recognition Ribbon
          (USAF’s Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year 2002)
  • National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Service Medal
  • Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short Tour
  • Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Long Tour
  • Air Force Longevity Service with two oak leaf clusters
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship (Pistol)
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • NATO Medal (Operation Joint Endeavor/Former Yugoslavia)
Attorney James K. Floyd in Court

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