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David Taylor

Visiting Committee Member

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Taylor is currently the Director of Leadership and Business Operations for LDR. Taylor earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training from WVU in 1996 and was a distinguished military graduate from WVU Army ROTC in 1997 when he received his commission as an infantry officer. Taylor, an Army Ranger served for 24 years in the United States Army. Taylor spent most of his career in the special operations forces, serving with the Army's elite 75th Ranger Regiment and the Joint Special Operation Command. In his 24-year military career, Taylor held multiple leadership positions in various environments from stateside to Iraq and Afghanistan. Taylor deployed to combat eight times; six as part of special operations task forces targeting high ranking terrorist leaders.  While serving in the Pentagon, Taylor was involved daily in aiding our nation's most senior civilian and military leadership with decision making. Many of these decisions were on matters of homeland security and strategic interest - some required Presidential level approval. Taylor's last assignment in the Army was to command at The Old Guard, Soldiers responsible for laying our nation's fallen heroes to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Taylor spearheaded an initiative to obtain otherwise lacking recognition for his Soldiers in the forms of pay and a new skill identifier, both formalized now in Army policy. Taylor was awarded the Legion of Merit and four Bronze Star medals. He stays active in the community supporting non-profits Team Rubicon and Horton's Kids.