Commander's Biography 

 COL Casmere Taylor
 
COL Casmere H. Taylor
Commander, PHCR–West  
 

Colonel Casmere Taylor is a native of Nevis, a small island in the British West Indies.  He began his military career in 1984 when he enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a Medical Supply Tech under the simultaneous membership program.  After Basic Training (Ft. Dix, New Jersey) and Advanced Individual Training (Ft. Jackson, SC (“Tank-Hill”), he was awarded a 4-year ROTC scholarship and chose to enter Tuskegee University.  Upon completion of undergraduate studies, he was awarded a commission in the United States Army, Medical Service Corps, 72A career field (Nuclear Medical Science Officer/Health Physicist) in 1988 and received his Graduate degree from Webster University.

COL Taylor’s previous assignments include Director of Public Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; Joint Task Force CAPMED Radiation Consultant, Chief of Health Physics, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Chief of Staff, Public Health Command, Aberdeen, MD; Chief, Radiation Safety (Program 26), Public Health Command, Aberdeen, MD; Secretary to the General Staff (SGS) / Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF/Baghdad, Iraq); Radiation Consultant, Chief of Health Physics, 30th Medical Brigade, Heidelberg, Germany; Senior Radiation Instructor, Edwin R. Bradley, Radiation Laboratory, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO; Radiation Consultant, Great Plains Regional Medical Command, San Antonio, TX; Chief Health Physics/Radiation Consultant, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX; Commander, 154th PM Detachment, Taegu, Korea; CDR, HHC, USAPAEHA, Camp Zama, Japan; Chief, Health Physics, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Ft. Bliss, TX; Treatment and Ambulance Platoon Leader, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Bliss, TX.

COL Taylor’s military education includes the Officer Basic Course; Officer Advanced Course; the Senior Instructor Qualification Course, the Senior Officer Legal Course, the Interagency Institute of Federal Health Care Executives course, the Medical Strategic Leadership Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Medical Strategic Leadership Course and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. 

COL Taylor’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (V-Device, the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), the Army Superior Unit Award (1 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal,  the Iraqi Campaign Medal,   the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Service Medal and the Overseas Service Ribbon (4).

COL Taylor’s skill badges include Airborne, Air-Assault, and German Proficiency Badge (Gold Designator).  He is a member of the coveted Order of Military Medical Merit.