Paul R. Boyd, who has served as the county's prosecutor since 2003 and before that as an assistant prosecutor for the county since 1996, begins active duty in the U.S. Army on March 25.
Boyd has served in the Missouri National Guard since November 2000 holding the rank of major and currently serves as the deputy staff judge advocate for the 35th Infantry Division based in Lexington and in Leavenworth, Kan.
His active duty will be with the Guard's 1-135th Aviation Battalion based out of the Whiteman Air Force Base located just south of Knob Noster and about 70 miles southeast of Kansas City.
The 1-135th is an AH-64 "Apache" attack helicopter battalion. Its mission is to conduct attack, reconnaissance and security operations that complement other maneuvers and ground forces.
The deployment will begin with 118 days of training at Fort Hood, Texas, followed by approximately nine months in Afghanistan.
Boyd will serve as the judge advocate general for the battalion which is "the legal advisor to the commander," he explained. "My main focus will be advising the commander and his staff on the application of the rules of engagement as it applies to the mission."
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