Brig. Gen. Travis D. Balch, commander of the Arkansas Air National Guard, left, gives the oath of enlistment to 1st Lt. Daryl Taylor, assistant Pine Bluff city attorney, into the 189th Airlift Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard. Taylor will be as a judge advocate for the 189th AW. Special to The Commercial
Assistant Pine Bluff City Attorney Daryl A. Taylor added another job title to her resume Friday when she was sworn in as a first lieutenant in the Arkansas Air National Guard.
Taylor will be assigned as a JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps for the 189th Airlift Wing at the Little Rock Air Force Base and will be required to complete commissioned officers training and the Judge Advocate General’s officer course within one year.
“I guess this started when I was working for Judge (Berlin) Jones and Drug Court,” said Taylor. “There were a couple of recruiters who worked with us on various things and they started talking about being in the service.
“They basically told me I would be doing the same thing I’m doing now, only for the military so I started doing some research and decided to give it a go,” Taylor said.
An honor graduate of Texas A&M University at Texarkana with a bachelor of science degree in history and a minor in English, Taylor graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville in 2007.
Taylor became assistant city attorney in January 2011, and before that, was the judicial law clerk for Jones and was involved in the Drug Court program.
“I talked to Judge Jones, who was in the Air Force, about going into the Air Force and into JAG and he sort of put his stamp of approval on my decision,” Taylor said.
In addition to her legal responsibilities, Taylor is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and at Southeast Arkansas College, teaching courses on American Government, Criminal Law and other subjects.
She said she was looking at taking her military training in late spring and early summer after classes are over at both schools.
“That way there will be no conflict in my schedule,” Taylor said.
She is a member of the board of the Committee on Spouse Abuse (CASA), chairperson of the City of Pine Bluff Downtown Development Old Towne Committee, a board member of Youth Partners of Pine Bluff/Jefferson County, and minister of music at Full Counsel Church.
“This has been a long process,” Taylor said about trying to get into the JAG Corps. “It took about three and-a-half years and I guess I never wanted anything as badly as I wanted this because I stuck with it. I’m just glad that the process is complete.”