A native of South Bend, Indiana, Colonel Taylor earned a B. A. in Political Science from North Central College in 1975. He attended United States Marine Corps Officer's Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1975. After completing The Basic School, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training. Designated a Naval Aviator in March 1977, he was assigned to HMT-204 for initial training in the CH-53D helicopter. He was subsequently assigned to HMH-461, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina. In addition to duties as a squadron pilot, he served in the logistics and NATOPS departments and was designated an aircraft commander in the CH-53D. While assigned to HMH-461, he participated in several exercises in the Caribbean and North Atlantic.
After attending the Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in 1979 he was assigned to HMM‑261 where he was the NATOPS Officer and Squadron Weapons and Tactics Instructor. He deployed to the Mediterranean with HMM-261, returning to New River in February 1980. He was transferred to HMT-204 for duty as an instructor pilot in the CH-53D. While there, he held billets in the logistics and aircraft maintenance departments.
In 1982 he was selected to attend Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation in May 1983, he was assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron One. While assigned to HMX-1, he qualified as aircraft commander in the VH-3D, VH-1N, UH-1N, CH-46E, and CH-53D. He held billets in the aircraft maintenance department, the operations department, and the plans department. In 1985 he was designated a Presidential Command Pilot and subsequently served as Officer in Charge of several detachments in support of Presidential travel.
In January 1988 he reported for duty as Air Operations Officer aboard USS Guam (LPH-9), home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. He deployed with Guam in August 1988 to the Mediterranean, returning to Norfolk in February 1989. In February 1990 he detached from Guam and underwent conversion training in the CH‑53E.
In May 1990 he reported HMH-464 and was assigned duty as the Operations Officer. In January 1991 he deployed with HMH-464 to Saudi Arabia and participated in combat operations in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. He returned to CONUS in May 1991.
In July 1991 he was assigned as the Administrative Officer for MAG-29 and in February 1992 he assumed duty as Commanding Officer of Personnel Support Detachment 29.
In September 1992 he was reassigned to HMH-464 as the Executive Officer and he assumed the duty of Commanding Officer in December 1993. During February and March 1995, he deployed to Central Norway as the Aviation Combat Element Commander for II MEF (Forward) in support of Exercise Strong Resolve 95. He relinquished command of HMH-464 in June 1995 and was selected to attend the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
In August 1995 he reported to the Naval War College. He graduated with distinction and earned a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He was subsequently assigned to the Joint Staff, J-7, Joint Doctrine Division. In July 1997 he was assigned as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Director, J-7. In July 1998 he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and assigned to the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, N-88, as the Head of the Amphibious Aviation Section.
In July 2000 he returned to Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in June 2001 he assumed duty as Commanding Officer and Presidential Helicopter Pilot. There he led more than 700 personnel in support of Presidential and Marine Corps missions and flew more than 150 Presidential flights. In June 2003, he relinquished command of HMX-1 and retired from the Marine Corps with more than 28 years of service.
His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Air Medal with numeral 1, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal with gold star. Additionally, he wears the Presidential Service Badge and the Joint Staff Service Badge.
In July 2003 he joined AgustaWestland Inc as Director of Navy and Marine Corps Programs where he was primarily involved in the program to replace the Presidential helicopter fleet. In January 2005 AgustaWestland was awarded the contract to replace the Presidential helicopter fleet. In July 2005, he accepted a postion with Lockheed Martin Systems Integration as Deputy Program Manager for the Presidential Helicopter Program.
Colonel Taylor is married to the former Suzette Brown of Jacksonville, North Carolina. They have two children, a son Paul who works for Northrop Grumman and daughter Diane , who attends East Carlolina University. Colonel Taylor and his wife currently reside in Lexington Park, Maryland.