Major David Taylor, a 1988 graduate of Viola High School, has been selected to attend the United States Army Command and General Staff Officer's Course (CGSOC) at Fort Lea-venworth, Kan., in July 2004.
The Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSOC) is a 10-month school that educates military leaders in tactics and staff procedures. It targets majors and emphasizes tactical and operational skills required for war fighting at the corps and operational levels.
Major Taylor graduated from West Point in 1992 and was commissioned into the infantry as a second lieutenant. After Infantry Officer Basic and Ranger School Training at Fort Benning, Ga., David Taylor was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. At Fort Hood, he served as a platoon leader and company executive officer. After attending the Infantry Officer Advance Course at Fort Benning he was assigned to Fort Drum, N.Y., as a 10th Mountain Division G3 Training Officer in 1997. In 1998, he was assigned to 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain as an S3 Training Officer. Later in 1998, Taylor was assigned to 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment where he commanded Bravo Company.
Taylor's company deployed to Bosnia in 1999 as part of Operation Joint Force where it served as the Multi-National Division (North) Quick Reaction Force. During peacekeeping operations, he worked directly with civilians and soldiers from many nations, including Russia, Bosnia, Britain, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy and Poland.
Taylor's company deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) as part of the Joint Contingency Force Army Warfighting Experiment in 2000. From October 2000 until June 2003, he served at the JRTC Operations group at Fort Polk, La., where he trained Army Active Duty and National Guard units for deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently serving as the chief of G3-Combat Training Center, Taylor coordinates JRTC training and resources with higher Army commands and external units.
Taylor received a master's degree in military history from Louisiana State University in 2003.
He is the son of Jerry and Margrett Taylor of Viola. His wife, Anna, is the Eastern Louisiana Services Coordinator for the American Red Cross and they have two daughters, Madison, 8, and Peyton, 6.