LCDR Dwight D. Taylor
Lieutenant Commander Dwight D. Taylor hails from Park Hall, Maryland. He entered the Navy in July 1986, where he attended Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. Upon completion of Boot Camp he went on his first sea duty assignment to Sasebo, Japan onboard the USS St. Louis (LKA-116) where he entered into the Radioman rating. He advanced to Radioman 2nd Class Petty Officer during that tour.
In 1988 he transferred to the Battle Force Seventh Fleet Staff onboard the USS Midway (CV-61), the staff was stationed at NAS CUBI Point, Philippines. During his second year he was a part of the homeport shift to Yokosuka, Japan, which enabled a better working relationship between the Staff and its Flag Ship. In 1990 he attended Radioman “C7” school in San Diego, California where he graduated with distinction.
He then went on to a tour at COMNAVCOMTELCOM Washington, DC where he was advanced to Radioman 1st Class (1991-1994). He followed this tour with another Sea Tour onboard the USS Kidd (DDG-993), home ported in Norfolk, Va. where he made his first Mediterranean Cruise and several Counter-Narcotic Drug Operation cruises. During the Med Cruise he was selected for Chief Petty Officer and was proudly initiated into the ranks of the CPO community. Following this tour he went to serve onboard the OPNAV N3/N5 Staff at the Pentagon, in which he was selected in June 2000 through the Limited Duty Officer Commissioning Program as a Surface Communications Naval Officer. He also became a proud graduate of University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management.
In June 2000, LCDR Taylor went to the LDO/CWO Indoctrination course in Pensacola, Florida. He then went on to serve his 1st Sea Tour as an Officer onboard the USS Coronado (AGF-11), where he was assigned as the Assistant Communications Officer and the Radio/Message Center Division Officer. In September 2002, he went on to DCMS Washington DC, where he managed the worldwide A&A Training Teams, PKI LRA Support Teams and the revision of EKMS-1. In keeping with his thirst for knowledge, he acquired a Master’s degree in Telecommunication Management to his repertoire. He laterally converted over to Information Professional and in August 2004, went on to serve at SSFA, Chantilly, Virginia where he obtained his Space and Acquisition additional qualification designators.
July 2006, he was called upon to serve on an Independent Augment tour in Mazar e Sharif Afghanistan where he served as the G6 and S6 Communications Officer for that Foreign Operating Base. In July 2007, he transferred to the Joint Task Force Global Operations (JTF-GNO), where he stood duty as a Watch Officer, SATCOM Planner and the Chief of Network Systems. During this tour JTF-GNO and JFCC NW merged into what is now known as USCYBERCOM.
In October 2010, he reported to Office of Navy Intelligence, Hopper Information Services Center, where he served as the Deputy Department Head of Operations, managing the worldwide SPINTCOMM Program that included six detachments. After fulfilling a successful tour at Hopper, he went on to become the Officer-In-Charge of NCTSFE DET Diego Garcia.
LCDR Taylor’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Gold Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two Gold Stars, and various unit commendations and awards.