Colonel Mike Taylor
Colonel Taylor assumed command of the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group on 19 July 2017.
Colonel Taylor was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1993 after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in English.
Colonel Taylor’s assignments in the operating forces include: Construction Platoon Commander at Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 (1994-1995), Commanding Officer, Company B, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (1995-1996), Battalion Engineer Officer, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (1996-1997), Commanding Officer, Company C and Battalion Operations Officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion (2000-2002), Operations Officer, Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 (2006-2008) deploying to Iraq for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM as a Security Battalion, and Commanding Officer of Marine Wing Support Squadron 171.
Other assignments include: Company Commander, Company M, Third Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (1997-2000), Marine Corps Attaché at the U.S. Embassy Beijing, China (2008-2010), Country Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) South and Southeast Asia (2013-2014), and Marine Corps Attaché at the U.S. Embassy Hanoi, Vietnam (2014-2017).
In addition to The Basic School and Engineer Officer Basic Course, Colonel Taylor is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with an MA degree with distinction in National Security Affairs (Asia) and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla with an MS degree in Engineering Management. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Army Advanced Engineer Course and completed both the Defense Language Institute’s Mandarin Chinese language program and the Vietnamese language program at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. Additionally, he is a graduate of Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Air Force Air War College.