Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) John E. Tayloris a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and a former Army ROTC cadet at OSU. He also served in the Middle East in 1990-1991 for Desert Storm, the first war in Iraq. John graduated from OSU in 1984 with a degree in political science and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army. In 1995, he obtained a Master of Science degree in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology and in 2005 a master of military arts and science degree in history from the Command and General Staff College. In March 2003, he served with the 4th Infantry Division in Kuwait and into Iraq. His last assignment was with the Department of Defense Inspector General. Between February 2007 and April 2009, he made five inspection trips to Qatar, Iraq, and Afghanistan. John retired in 2009 after 25 years of commissioned service plus three and a half years of reserve and guard duty.
LTC Taylor’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
In 2008 John and his wife, LTC Mary Beth Taylor, established the John E. Taylor Family Endowed ROTC Scholarship with BCF. He and Mary Beth are committed to helping ROTC cadets finance their education through his annual scholarship award.