Command Sergeant Major Shelita Taylor is a native of Washington, DC. She enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in 1991 and received Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, SC.
During her 28 years of service, she has served with the 313th Transportation Company in Glen Burnie, MD; 1398th Deployment Support Brigade (DSE)in Glen Burnie, MD; Pentagon - HQDA, ODM G-3/5/7 in Washington, DC; 275th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) at Fort Lee, VA; the 3d Battalion/78th Training Division at Fort Dix, NJ, 400th Military Police Battalion at Fort Meade, MD, and currently with the 3d Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Her most notable service recognitions include a deployment to Kuwait with the 1398th DSE in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006 where she served as the lead Traffic Management Controller. She later served at the Pentagon in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2006-2007 as a Mobilization Staff Officer. She then deployed to Iraq with the 275th CSSB from 2010-2011 in support of Operation New Dawn as the NCOIC of Support Operations.
Her formal military and civilian education consists of all career-essential courses of the Noncommissioned Officer Education System, culminating with the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Resident Phase, Class 62). She has an Associate of Science degree in Management Development from the Southern Maryland Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Professional Studies and a Master of Business Administration, both from Excelsior College.
CSM Taylor has held an array of essential duty positions including: food service specialist, cargo handler, stow planner, traffic management coordinator, TCAIMS NCOIC, mobilization staff action Officer, Logistics Operations SGT/SPO NCOIC, and Sergeant Major. On September 15, 2014, she was appointed Command Sergeant Major. Her military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Army Reserves Components Achievement Medal (2nd Award), National Defense Service Ribbon (w/Bronze Star), Iraq Campaign Ribbon (w/ Campaign Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4th Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/M Device).
As an Army Reserve Soldier of 28 years, Taylor has been employed full-time with the US Postal Service for 25 years and currently serves as a Purchasing & Supply Management Policy Specialist in Washington, DC.