Va. Defense Force commander to retire

Maj. Gen. (Va.) John D. Taylor

Maj. Gen. (Va.) John D. Taylor

SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. (Va.) John D. Taylor will retire as the commander of the Virginia Defense Force, according to an announcement made May 28, 2014, by Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. Taylor will retire later in the summer after a new commander is selected.

“I watched John Taylor grow the Virginia Defense Force, and his leadership helped make the organization a vital part of the Virginia National Guard’s domestic response capability,” Long said. “He has done an amazing job, and I thank him for his decades of service to the nation and the Commonwealth.”

Taylor served for more than 33 years in the Virginia National Guard and retired as a colonel. He took command of the VDF in August 2006. While serving as the commander of the Virginia Defense Force, he worked full time providing contract support at National Guard Bureau conducting strategic analysis and management studies on homeland security, consequence management, homeland defense, civil support operations and reserve component force integration and modernization.

“I just appreciate the opportunity to serve,” Taylor said.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1972, and he also earned a masters degree and Ph. D in Life Sciences and Plant Pathology. He is also a graduate of the U. S. Army War College.

The VDF is an all-volunteer force authorized by the Code of Virginia and organized under the Virginia Department of Military Affairs reporting to the Adjutant General of Virginia. The members of the VDF volunteer their time for training and are only paid when called to state active duty by an authorization from the Governor of Virginia.

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