HillVets, a non-partisan group of veterans, service members and supporters has named U.S. Army General Randy Taylor to a list of most impactful active duty service members.
Taylor, who is openly gay and married, was one of five people named to the list.
“These men and women have successfully led the United States Armed Forces during a very challenging and difficult time in country’s military history,” HillVets said of the five. “Being involved in numerous wars and conflicts for more than a decade, these individuals have shaped the debate around the duty and the call to serve.”
Joining Gen. Taylor on the list are Major William Swenson, General Joseph Dunford, Jr., Petty Officer First Class Keely Siebenthal and a yet to be tapped female ranger representing the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Gen. Taylor is among three LGBT Major Generals who are the highest ranking out service members serving openly in the U.S. Military. Major General Patricia Rose, U.S. Air Force was the first out Major General, and Major General Tammy Smith, U.S. Army was the first out colonel promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
General Taylor is the only openly gay male flag officer in the Department of Defense. He most recently served at the Pentagon as the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6’s Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks and Space.
General Taylor’s record includes command posts in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and service in the White House Military Office. He is qualified as a Ranger and Jumpmaster. His combat deployments and overseas assignments include Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Haiti, Turkey and Egypt.
Chaired by former Defense Department Secretary Chuck Hagel, HillVets exists to empower veterans, service members and supporters through networking, education and community involvement.