Arrangements are being completed by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the observance of Veterans Day on November 11 at 11 a.m. at the multipurpose building at the Copiah County Fairgrounds at Gallman.
Colonel Glenn A Taylor, Director of Support for the Mississippi Air National Guard assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters in Jackson will be the speaker for the occasion.
As director of support he directs military personnel management programs within the Air National Guard including manning, training, manpower management/utilization and administration. He recommends plans and policies for education and training of personnel in technical and professional areas and coordinates programs with other staff directors and unit commanders, ensuring that all three Air Guard locations are proficient in all assigned responsibilities and provides liaison between support units and the state headquarters staff.
Colonel Taylor enlisted in the Mississippi Air National Guard in October 1981 with the 172nd Tactical Airlift Group (now 172nd Airlift Wing), in Jackson as a metal processor in the 172nd Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. In 1986 he was commissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to the 172nd Resource Management Squadron as a cost and management analysis officer. He transferred to base supply in 1990 and completed numerous assignments including Chief os Supply for the 172nd Logistic Readiness Squadron. Colonel Taylor also served as commander of the 172nd Aircraft Generation Squadron and Wing Comptroller of the 172nd Airlift Wing. In support of Operations NOBLE EAGLE and ENDURING FREEDOM from 2002 to 2003 Colonel Taylor served with distinction as Logistics Group Detachment Commander at the European Strategic intra-theater Deployment (ESIE; 723rd Maintenance Squadron), Ramstein Air Base, Germany and Director of the Logistics Readiness Center, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. In April 2007 he transferred to the Joint Force Headquarters, Mississippi Air National Guard as Director of Support.
Colonel Taylor has an impressive list of completed training, assignments, awards and decorations. He was promoted to full colonel in 2009.