BY BRAD HAIRE
Farm Press Editorial Staff
IT’S EASIER FOR Warren Taylor to tell you the major
countries he hasn’t visited than to list the ones he has.
Quick to smile and gracious, he’s happy to chat
about whatever you like, but to tell all he did before
becoming the head of shipping and receiving at
Sunbelt Ag Expo would require far more words than
we can squeeze into this article.
For now, just know there are only two countries
he wanted to visit but never did. But we’ll get back
Taylor, 74, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel,
was born and raised at Moultrie, Ga., but the town
could only keep him grounded through high school.
After that, he was off to see the world — and often
off the ground.
Let’s divide Taylor’s life and career into thirds, with
each third representing maybe 25 years or so. Hold
on to your hat.
After high school in Colquitt County, he went to
Georgia Military College, and following graduation
there, he attended the University of Georgia where
he earned a degree in chemistry and was in the
Reserve Officer Training Corps. During this period,
he also earned a private pilot’s license through an
Army program that trained pilots to go to Vietnam.
Later, while serving in Germany, he earned a master’s
degree in counselling from Boston University.
During his college years, he married his high
school sweetheart, Gidge, and they’ve been married
53 years. They have two adult sons, who have good
careers of their own, and one grandchild, Breanna.
In the late 1960s, Taylor received his Army
commission and went to armory school and flight
school for a year, after which he did a one year tour
in Vietnam as a fixed-wing reconnaissance pilot. He
arrived in country soon after the Tet Offensive and
flew missions in the Demilitarized Zone. He saw a lot
in one year.
Taylor remained in the Army, transitioning his
piloting skills to helicopters and gunships. Over
the course of the next 20 years, he went through
Army Airborne and Ranger school, was a company
commander in an armored battalion in Germany,
was chief of Army flight testing at the Plant
Representative Office (ARPRO) at Bell Helicopters,
most notably piloting the Cobra helicopter gunship,
served on the Army staff in Washington as an action
officer working with the Pentagon and as an Army
Congressional liaison escort officer for congressional
delegations when they officially travelled overseas,
handling planning, travel, and in-country logistics.
Those are just the broad strokes of his Army years.
Taylor retired from the Army in 1991, and
because of his mother’s failing health, he moved
back to Moultrie. The Taylors became active in the
community, and in 1994 he got on the radar of then
Expo Director Ed White. The two men clicked, and
Retired Army officer traveled globe...
and came back home to serve
Warren Taylor traveled the world in the Army and retired in 1991. A few years later, he was
asked to head the shipping and receiving division of the Sunbelt Ag Expo.
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