Commander Thomas G. Taylor was born in Alma, GA. After graduating high school in 1991, he attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA where he received a BA in psychology in May, 1995. Over the next 5 years he worked for technology companies such as InPhyNet Medical Management, IBM, and Lucent Technologies as a system and network administrator.
In April of 2000, he joined the Navy and reported to Officer Candidate School onboard NAS Pensacola, FL. Upon earning his commission in July, 2000, he reported to flight training and earned his “Wings of Gold” as a Naval Flight Officer in January, 2002. After initial S-3B “Viking” training at VS-41 in San Diego, CA, he was stationed at NAS Jacksonville as a member of the Sea Control Squadron TWO TWO “Vidars.” During his time with VS-22, CDR Taylor completed deployments to the Eastern Mediterranean, Adriatic Sea, and Arabian Gulf in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While with VS-22, he served as Flight Officer, Schedules Officer, Line Division Officer and Quality Assurance Officer and was fully qualified as a Mission Commander, NFO Instructor and Functional Check Flight NFO. With the S-3B sundown, CDR Taylor transitioned to the P-3C and reported to VP-30 in Jacksonville, FL in November of 2005.
At the completion of training in June 2006, he was assigned to the “World Famous Fighting Marlins” of VP-40 at NAS Whidbey Island, WA. While attached, he completed deployments to Qatar, Djibouti, and Iraq in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. At VP-40 he served as Personnel Officer, Weapons Officer, AW Division Officer, and AV/ARM Division officer and qualified as Mission Commander and Tactical Coordinator Instructor.
CDR Taylor departed VP-40 in October 2009 and reported to the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned his JPME I and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In May of 2011 he received orders to VP-47 where he served as Tactics Officer, Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer, completing a deployment to the SIXTH Fleet AOR in support of Operations ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, JUNIPER SHIELD, and JOINT GUARDIAN.
In June of 2013, he reported to Patrol and Reconnaissance Force SEVENTH Fleet, Detachment Kadena as Tactical Operations Center Director and then Assistant Officer in Charge. In May of 2016, he reported to Fleet Activities Okinawa as Executive Officer. Commander Taylor has accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours in the S-3B and over 2,000 hours in the P-3C. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight) (3), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and numerous campaign and unit citations. He is married to the former Rebecca Wilhoite of Detroit, MI and has 2 children, Morgan and Jadon.