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Cherie R. taylor
Commander Cherie R. Taylor was born in Brooklyn, New York and enlisted in the United States Navy in May 1988.  After completing basic training at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida she attended Torpedoman’s Mate (TM) “A” and “C” school as a MK “48” Intermediate Maintenance Technician.  In 1989, she reported to Naval Submarine Base, San Diego, MK “48” Intermediate Maintenance Activity (IMA) for her first enlisted duty assignment.  In 1992, she re-enlisted and accepted orders to the USS PUGET SOUND (AD-38) where she earned the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification (ESWS) and completed two deployments. 
In 1995, she attended TM ”C” school, MK ”48” Torpedo Test Equipment Maintenance school where she earned the 0749 Navy Enlisted Classification Code.  While assigned to Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, she was directly responsible for preventive, corrective, and routine maintenance of all Torpedo Test Equipment for the MK “48” and MK “48” ADCAP Torpedoes.  Additionally, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Saint Leo University.  In December of 1998, she was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Hampton University and received her commission.
Her sea tours include: USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) as the Repair and Communications Officer, Amphibious Squadron EIGHT in the N-3 and N-4 shops, embarked onboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2009, she served as the Weapons Officer onboard USS BAINBRIDGE (DDG 96) during the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somali Pirates and Combat Systems Officer during the ship’s first Board of Inspection and Survey.  In 2011, she reported to Commander Carrier Strike Group EIGHT as Surface Operations Officer and was the lead coordinator for all phases of a Multi-National exercise in the BALTIC SEA. In 2013, she accepted an Individual Augmentee assignment to USS PONCE AFSB(I)15, as the Combat Systems Officer and Executive Officer driven to maintain and improve the material readiness of the 42-year-old ship.  During these demanding tours, she sailed to the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Horn of Africa, Gulf Of Oman and Arabian Gulf. 
CDR Taylor completed her shore tours at Commander, Operational test and Evaluation Force and the United States Naval Academy in 2007 as 30th Company Officer.  While on the yard, she was a 2006 Plebe Summer Company Officer, Officer Representative for the Women’s Indoor track team and taught Naval Leadership as an Instructor. 
CDR Taylor holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Leadership Development, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  
Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (four), Navy Achievement Medal (five), various unit and campaign ribbons.