The 2012 Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal was awarded to Sergeant First Class Ron Taylor, United States Army, Retired, for exceptional service to the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.
Over the course of Sergeant First Class Ron Taylor’s career he served in many roles. Beginning as a cavalry scout and administrative specialist, Sergeant Taylor would go on to serve as the NCOIC of the Office of the Secretary Combined Joint Staff Headquarters, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, United States Forces Korea and Eighth United States Army; the Secretary of the General Staff, Fort Knox, Kentucky; and the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. During his military career, Sergeant Taylor was also an able recruiter and instructor, helping to find and ready the next generation of Army Soldiers. Prior to retiring, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Fort Hood Consumer Affairs Office.
Since his retirement, Sergeant Taylor has been a major force for good in the Fort Hood community. As a senior executive in Killeen, Sergeant Taylor has been uniquely positioned to assist the Soldiers of Fort Hood and their families. He is able to reach out to members of the community and bridge the gap between the military and civilian communities to ensure that Soldiers and their families are supported. For his extensive work in the community, Sergeant Taylor was selected as a Fort Hood Good Neighbor in 2006 and has also been chosen as Retiree of the Year for III Corps & Fort Hood.
Sergeant Taylor has remained a steadfast supporter of AUSA and has lent his leadership talents to support the Association’s mission. Currently serving as a member of the NCO & Soldier Programs committee of the AUSA Advisory Board of Directors and as the Central Texas state president, Sergeant Taylor has previously served as a chapter vice president and president of the Central Texas–Fort Hood Chapter. During his term as president, the chapter received honors as the largest and best chapter for two consecutive years; his efforts to grow and strengthen the Central Texas–Fort Hood chapter over the years have been unparalleled.
A proven leader, Sergeant Taylor has devoted his life to ensuring Soldiers and their families are cared for as valued members of the Army and the local community. He embodies the qualities represented by the Bainbridge Award—selflessness, service and loyalty to the Army, its Soldiers and their families. Throughout his affiliation with the Association of the United States Army, Sergeant Taylor has truly been the “Voice for the Army” in Central Texas.
In grateful recognition of his dedication and countless contributions to America’s Army, its Soldiers and their families, the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the Sergeant Major of the Army William G. Bainbridge Medal to Sergeant First Class Ron Taylor on the twenty-second day of October, two thousand twelve.