In Memoriam

LTC Troy B. Overton, USA (RET)

January 15, 1962 - December 7, 2016”

The chapter has lost a remarkable person who lived a remarkable life. LTC Troy Overton passed away recently after a struggle with cancer.

Troy B. Overton graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984.  He then attended flight school where he graduated in the top 5 percent of his class. During his active duty service with the Army's Aviation Branch he piloted helicopters, most frequently Cobras. From 1985 to1986, Troy served in the Republic of Korea as an Aeroscout Section Leader. From 1986 to 1990, LTC Overton was assigned to the 307th Attack Helicopter Battalion, during which time he served in various assignments including a four-month deployment to Panama three months prior to Operation Just Cause. 

Upon leaving active duty, LTC Overton commenced duties as an Aviation Observer/Controller, conducting evaluations of Army aviation units. Upon graduation from law school at Santa Clara University in 1994, LTC Overton accepted a commission in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps and assumed duties as the Deputy Command Judge Advocate for the 6045th Garrison Support Unit in San Jose.

In 2003, LTC Overton was the sole Judge Advocate to mobilize with the unit for a 12-month deployment to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2005 to 2008, LTC Overton served with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey. In 2008, LTC Overton was assigned to the 75th Legal Support Organization where he served for over a year as Deputy Commander and two years as Team Leader, Moffett Legal Services Team. 

Troy’s military service culminated in 2011 when he was selected to lead a team of 15 soldiers to support the 1st Cavalry Division's Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Hood, Texas, while the Division Headquarters deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


In his civilian capacity, following graduation from law school Troy was employed as a contract attorney for the San Jose City Attorney's Office, followed by several years in private litigation practice. The balance of Troy's legal career focused on tort defense litigation practice for Cal Trans Legal and the Office of the Attorney General in San Francisco. Troy retired from the Attorney General's Office in 2016. While employed as a Deputy Attorney General, Troy received the individual Award for Excellence from then Attorney General Jerry Brown for his trial work in the Tort Defense Section of the AG's Office.

Well done, good and faithful servant! Be thou at peace.


SOURCE: Carol Overton