Major Taylor is a native of Hagerman, Idaho. After graduating with a degree in History from Northwest Nazarene University, he immediately began his public service career in state government working for Idaho’s Governor Dirk Kempthorne. Major Taylor and his wife later moved to Jefferson City, Missouri and continued public service in Governor Matt Blunt’s office.
After several years of public service, Major Taylor enlisted in the Missouri Air National Guard and completed basic training in May 2007. He later reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola for training as an Aircraft Structural Maintenance Apprentice. In January 2008, he reported for duty at the 131st Fighter Wing in St. Louis, Missouri. He concurrently served in an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Human Resources NCO position at the Missouri Nation Guard Headquarters in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Given approval with a conditional release from the Missouri Air National Guard, in May 2008 Major Taylor reported to Quantico, Virginia to attend Officers Candidate School (OCS) with the Marine Corps. Major Taylor successfully completed OCS in August 2009, was released from the Missouri Air National Guard, completed The Basic School, and reported as a 7208, Air Support Control Officer, to Marine Air Support Squadron 2 in July 2009.
Major Taylor served three years in Okinawa, Japan earning several command and control qualifications within the Direct Air Support Center and Tactical Air Command Center. He served as an Officer-in-Charge for detachments to the Philippines, South Korea, and numerous on-island exercises. He was career designed in 2012 and issued to orders to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (MCRD PI), South Carolina.
While aboard MCRD PI, Major Taylor served as a Series Commander for 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Assistant Operations Officer for Recruit Training Regiment, and Company Commander for Headquarters and Service Battalion. He also completed his first master degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University in May 2015 with High Distinction.
In June 2015, Major Taylor reported to Marine Air Support Squadron 1, MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. He led the squadron’s detachment supporting a Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course and earned a leadership role in support of the 22nd MEU. Upon returning from the MEU, Major Taylor led the unit’s first cold weather training exercise in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin and was selected for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
Upon graduation from the NPS with a Master of Science in Manpower System Analysis, Major Taylor was assigned to Marine Aviation Detachment NAS Patuxent River to serve as the Manpower Analyst for the Aviation Acquisition workforce. During this time, he served as an Action Officer in the Human Resource Development Process Operational Planning Team designed to strengthen the aviation acquisition workforce and meet the Force Design 2030 initiatives. He concurrently served as the command’s Operations Officer.
Major Taylor transitioned to the Executive Officer billet in June 2021 and retained the Manpower Analyst duties and responsibilities. His personal awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.