Major Forrest M. (Mitch) Taylor III enlisted as a Combat Engineer (12B) in the Arkansas Army National Guard in February 1998 and attended Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He served in this capacity until he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant and Engineer Officer through Army ROTC at Arkansas Tech University in May 2003.
MAJ Taylor attended and graduated from the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Fort Leonard Wood, MO (2004), the Engineer Captain’s Career Course, Fort Leonard Wood, (2008), and Intermediate Level Education, Fort Leavenworth, KS (2014). He is also a graduate of Airborne School (2004), Sapper Leader Course (2004), Route Reconnaissance & Clearance Course (2005), Joint Engineer Operations Course (2015), and the NTC Observer/Coach/Trainer Academy (2018). His civilian education consists of a B.A. in History from Arkansas Tech University (2003) and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University (2018).
He has served in the following assignments: Company Executive Officer, B Co, 35th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO (2004). Battalion S4, 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO (2004-2005). Sapper Platoon Leader C Co, 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Camp Liberty Iraq (2005-2006) Company Executive Officer, HHC, 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Camp Liberty Iraq (2006-2007). Company Commander, D Co, 3-10th Infantry, Fort Leonard Wood, MO (2007-2008). Battalion Assistant S3 Observer/Coach/Trainer, 3-315th Engineer Battalion, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ (2009-2011). Deputy Engineer, Regional Support Command-West, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, Camp Stone, Herat Province (2011-2012). Brigade Chief of Plans and Operations, 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ (2012-2014). Brigade Engineer, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley KS (2014-2015). Battalion Executive Officer, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS (2015-2016). 8th Army Chief of Facilities and Construction, Camp Humphreys, ROK (2016-2018). Battalion S3 Observer/Coach/Trainer, Sidewinder Team, NTC Operations Group, Fort Irwin, CA (2018-2019). His most recent assignment is Assistant Professor of Military Science for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Army ROTC 49er Battalion.
MAJ Taylor’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Superior Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), the Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award) the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Sapper Tab.
MAJ Taylor is a native of Arkansas and currently lives in Concord, NC with his three daughters, Sophia, Paige, and Charlotte.