Va. JAG receives Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award

Lt. Col. William Rogers, Judge Advocate General for Virginia Air National Guard was selected for the 2012 Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award in the reserve category on Aug. 7, 2013. This annual award is bestowed upon military attorneys, who have distinguished themselves over their military careers.  (Photo by Maj. Cynthia C. Coy, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. William Rogers, Judge Advocate General for Virginia Air National Guard was selected for the 2012 Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award in the reserve category on Aug. 7, 2013. This annual award is bestowed upon military attorneys, who have distinguished themselves over their military careers. (Photo by Maj. Cynthia C. Coy, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. — Lt. Col. William Rogers, Judge Advocate General for the Virginia Air National Guard, was selected for the 2012 Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award for the reserve category Aug. 7, 2013. This annual award is bestowed upon military attorneys who have distinguished themselves over the course of their military careers.

The selection criteria encompass a demonstrated record of outstanding professional accomplishments, service to the community, service to the legal profession, and development of subordinates. Rogers will formally accept the award at a ceremony scheduled for later this month in Washington, D.C.

Rogers first received the news from the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, otherwise known as TJAG, Lt. Gen. Richard C. Harding.

“TJAG Harding called me personally about the award,” said Rogers.  “It is a great honor and I am touched and humbled by it.”

An attorney with the JAG Corps for the past 17 years, Rogers has served during two deployments. The first was in Iraq in 2008 and the second in Afghanistan from 2009-2010. The contributions he made during these deployments yielded ongoing results. However great the accomplishment, Rogers feels he just “played a small part in helping develop democratic societies.”

He further elaborated about the significance of this accomplishment.

“I have served with so many incredibly competent peers,” said Rogers. “It is truly a group or organizational award to me. It is for everyone who has touched my career. Not only in the JAG Corps, but everyone I have ever served with.”

Story by Air Force Maj. Cynthia C. Coy, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs