During his 12 years of active service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Taylor served as an Infantryman, Infantry Squad Leader, Military Policeman and, Security Operations Specialist where he supported the civilian police forces during times of large scale deployments to the Subic Bay naval facility in the Philippines.
Upon completion of his tour of duty in the Philippines, Geoffrey was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendelton, California where trained at the Marine NCO Leadership school, Combat Squad Leaders, Mobile Command Logistics and Combat Personnel Accountability training.
In 1983 while deployed to Okinawa, Japan, Geoffrey received additional training in Advanced Weapons, Personal Security Escort Operations, Defensive Driving and POW Handling and Confinement courses and participated in international training exercises in Thailand, South Korea. and, the Philippines.
The deployment and training encouraged Geoffrey to re-enlist in the U.S. Marines and was trained to be permanently assigned as a Military Policeman. His next tour of duty took him to Tampa, Florida and the prestigious U.S. Central Command which is responsible for ensuring military readiness throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. This opportunity offered training in Special Weapons and Tactics and Advanced Personnel Security Operations where he provided personal security operations to the CentCom General staff and various visiting dignitaries. Additionally, it was at Central Command that Taylor meet his future wife, an Air Force Sergeant Geraldine Rene Johnson, they were wed in July 1989.
Geoffrey and his new bride were next assigned to Okinawa, Japan where he served as Sergeant of the Guard for Camp Schwab Marine Base. In 1991 his Military Police forces were attached to the Regimental Landing Team 5 (RLT-5) in support of Operation Desert Storm in Al Jubiyal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During the ground offensive, Taylor and the Military Police forces were responsible for the security of the Regimental Command Headquarters as they moved into Kuwait as the lead Marine forces during the ground combat phase of Operation Desert Storm. For his exemplary performance during this time Taylor was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. Desert Storm was Geoffrey’s last Marine Corps tour of duty and he separated from active service in November 1992 after twelve years of honorable service.
January 1993, the Taylor family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in 1994 Geoffrey took a position as a Corrections Officer with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and is assigned to SCI-Pittsburgh which is a 100+ year old maximum security facility notoriously known as “The Wall.”
During his twenty-two year career, Geoffrey received training in Defensive Tactics, Riot Control, Firearms Skills and, Interpersonal Communications and often took assignments in the most challenging duties. In 2008, Taylor trained in (and would later become a trainer) for the Therapeutic Community Program which is a new concept within corrections designed to reduce the recidivism rate by teaching first time offenders basic interpersonal skills, conflict resolutions, life transitions after incarceration and addiction trigger recognition.
After his tour working with and training with the Therapeutic Community Program, in 2012 he went to work in the Special Needs Unit that houses inmates with mental and behavioral issues. In January 2017, Taylor will retire from the DOC with 23 years of excellent service to pursue the next challenge in his life.
Taylor currently lives in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania with his son Kyle Maxwell, a 23 year old graduate of Seton Hill University. He is currently pursuing an MBA from the same university. Also his daughter Courtney Michelle a junior student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in Biology.