Major General Taylor made big waves when he introduced his spouse, Lucas, to the Secretary of Defense after the general and his husband had been together nearly 20 years. General Taylor attained the highest military rank of those LGBT service members serving openly and is the only openly gay male general or flag officer in the Department of Defense.
He most recently served at the Pentagon as the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6’s Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks, and Space. He commanded in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, served in the White House Military Office, and is qualified as a Ranger and jumpmaster. His combat deployments and overseas assignments include Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Haiti, Turkey and Egypt.
General Taylor graduated from the University of Maryland, attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course in 1988 and was first assigned to the Berlin Brigade, West Berlin, Germany. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology and Management and holds Master’s degrees in Telecommunications Management, and National Security and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.