Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Taylor is the Regional Defense Counsel Pacific, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, Okinawa, Japan. Lieutenant Colonel Taylor enlisted in the Army in 1990 as an Infantryman and was stationed at Fort Drum, NY with the 10th Mountain Division. While serving with the 10th Mountain Division, he deployed to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope in December of 1992. On his return he attended Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was reassigned to the 1st Bn, 501st PIR, 6th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska in 1993. In 1994 he was selected to be an instructor at the Primary Leadership Development Course.
In 1996, Lieutenant Colonel left the Army to attend the Ohio State University. He attended OCS in 1998. He graduated from the Ohio State University, magna cum laude in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Individual Ready Reserve. He went on to attend law school at the Ohio State University and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2002. He was admitted to the bar in Ohio in November of 2002 and reported to the Basic School the same month.
On completion of the Basic School in 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Taylor was assigned to Marine Corps Base Butler, in Okinawa, Japan as the Foreign Criminal Jurisdiction Officer. In June of 2005, he was reassigned to the 3d Marine Logistics Group to the Legal Services Support Section as a Trial Counsel.
In 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Taylor attended the Expeditionary Warfare School at Marine Corps Base Quantico. On graduation he was assigned as the Deputy Station Judge Advocate at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. In 2008, he deployed with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines as the Battalion Judge Advocate for Task Force MP to Al Anbar, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In July 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Taylor reported to The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, U.S. Army, Charlottesville, Virginia, where he received a Masters of Law (LL.M) in Military Law with a specialization in Contract and Fiscal Law. In 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Taylor was assigned to the Western Area Counsel Office at Camp Pendleton as a Contingency Contract Attorney. While assigned to the Western Area Counsel Office, he deployed in 2012 to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was assigned to both the Regional Command Southwest as the Fiscal Law Attorney and the CENTCOM Joint Theater Support Contracting Command the Contingency Contract Attorney.
In 2014 he was once again reassigned to Okinawa, Japan as the Staff Judge Advocate for 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He deployed with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade to Kathmandu, Nepal in support of Operation Sahayogi Haat to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief in 2015. He was reassigned as the Staff Judge Advocate for 3d Marine Division in June of 2015. He was promoted to his current rank in July of 2016 and reassigned to his current billet in July 2017.
Lieutenant Colonel Taylor’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, The Army Commendation Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two Gold Stars, The Army Achievement Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf clusters, and the Army Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp (two loops).