Brian Taylor was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 2, 1964. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 1987. Upon his meritorious promotion to Private First Class and graduation of recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina, he attended Aviation Machinist Mates Training located at the Naval Air Station, Millington Tennessee. Upon conclusion of training Private First Class Taylor was assigned the MOS of 6014, Power Plants Mechanic, Fixed Wing Aircraft.
In December 1987 Private First Class Taylor was transferred to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort South Carolina for aviation training where he began training on F-4 Phantom aircraft as an aircraft mechanic. Following the completion of his A-School, Lance Corporal Taylor was assigned to Marine Air Group 49 Detachment A, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. In April 1988, Lance Corporal Taylor reported for duty at Fixed Wing Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 235, Marine Air Group 24, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Kaneohe Bay Hawaii as a Plane Captain and Low/High Power Turn-Up Technician.
In July 1989, Cpl Taylor was assigned to Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Unit, NAS Lemoore CA; where he began training on F/A-18 aircraft. Upon completion of training, he returned to VMFA-235. In August 1990, Corporal Taylor deployed to South West Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. While forward deployed, Corporal Taylor became the Flight Line Supervisor for combat operations. During that time, he received a combat meritorious promotion to the rank of Sergeant. Immediately following the success of Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, Sergeant Taylor volunteered for Drill Instructor duty and was assigned to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego California in September 1991. After a successful tour of Drill Instructor duty, Senior Drill Instructor Sergeant Taylor was assigned to Fixed Wing Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 321, Marine Air Group 49, Naval Air Facility, MD. There, he served as the Power line Supervisor and the Subject Matter Expert for engines, fuel systems and aircraft inspections. In June 1995, he was subsequently promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his tenure with the squadron, Staff Sergeant Taylor participated in 12 deployment operations ranging from joint military operations in Bodo, Norway to providing operational support for the U.S. Naval Forces, Southern Command in Rosie Roads, Puerto Rico.
In March 1999, Staff Sergeant Taylor was assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225, Marine Aircraft Group 11, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Miramar California. In September 2000, Gunnery Sergeant Taylor participated in a WESTPAC unit deployment to Iwakuni Japan. In March 2001, Gunnery Sergeant Taylor deployed back to the Middle East in support of Operation Southern Watch as the Quality Assurance Chief for maintenance and flight operations on F/A-18D aircraft.
In June 2001, he was assigned to the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific. He was selected to work for the Commander, Naval Air Forces, Pacific and served as a member of the Aviation Maintenance Management Team located aboard Naval Air Station, North Island, California. He served as the Subject Matter Expert for: The Plane Captain Qualification Program, Taxi/Turn Up and Licensing Program, as well as Aviation Gas Free Engineering Program. Additionally, he helped write maintenance policy and procedures for Naval and Marine Corps Aviation and later deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. In July 2004, he transferred to the Marine Aviation Support Detachment, Andrews AFB, MD. He served as the Squadron Gunnery Sergeant for a brief period before he was selected to the rank of First Sergeant. In February 2005, First Sergeant Taylor was assigned to the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Maryland. From 2005 through 2008, he served as the Initial Response Force (IRF) Company First Sergeant and provided CBRNE mitigation and consequence management during operations ranging from former President George W. Bush presidential State of the Union address to former President Gerald R. Ford’s interment services. First Sergeant Taylor served as the Reaction Force Company, Bravo Company and Headquarters and Services Company First Sergeant. In March 2008, First Sergeant Taylor was re-assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton CA. He served as the Weapons Company First Sergeant and brief periods as the acting Battalion Sergeant Major. In October 2008 1stSgt Taylor participated in combat operations (Fullujah Iraq) during Operation Iraqi Freedom 08.01. In November 2009, First Sergeant Taylor was subsequently promoted to the rank of Sergeant Major. He received orders to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121, serving as the Squadron Sergeant Major. Sergeant Major Taylor completed a West Pac Unit Deployment with the squadron that included deployments to Okinawa, Komatsu and Iwakuni Japan. Also, SNM deployed to Inchon South Korea in support of Operation Foal Eagle. In
Jan 2010, Sergeant Major Taylor received orders to Recruiting Station Baltimore, 4th Marine Corps District as the Station Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Taylor is a graduate of the F/A-18 Power Plants and Related Systems School, Aviation Machinist Mates School, Quality Assurance Maintenance Supervisor School and the Collateral Duty Inspector Course. He has attended and completed all of the enlisted resident PME courses; ranging from the Corporals Course through the SNCO Advanced Course. Sergeant Major Taylor attended both seminars required for 1stSgt’s/MSgt’s and is PME complete to the rank of Sergeant Major. Additionally, he is a graduate of the War Fighting Skills Program as well as the Expeditionary Warfare Staff Planning.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd gold star in lieu of fourth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal(3rd gold star in lieu of 4th award), Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Good Conduct Medal(7th award), National Defense Service Medal(bronze star in lieu of second award), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal(bronze star in lieu of 2nd award), Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon(4th bronze star in lieu of 5th award), Navy Arctic Service Ribbon, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).
Sergeant Major Taylor has three children (Brian Taylor Jr., Brianna-Joy and Shane Joseph); as well as three grandchildren, (Malaya-Ellesse Taylor and Brian Taylor III and Breon Taylor.)