By Mr. Russell Toof (99th RSC)March 23, 2017
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- The late Sir Winston Churchill, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, once said "The Reservist is twice the citizen." For his work over the past three-plus decades, the 99th Regional Support Command's Nick Taylor can add another dimension -- "thrice the citizen."
Taylor enlisted into the Army in October 1979 as a private and commissioned as a second lieutenant in December 1982, following enrollment into the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. He continued to serve until he retired in 2010 as a lieutenant colonel.
He started his career as a Department of the Army civilian in 1988 and recently completed 30 years of credible service. He's currently the supervisory facility operations specialist within the 99th RSC's Department Of Public Works here. Taylor has been with the 99th since 1996.
The "thrice the citizen" comes into play because Taylor, in addition to his military and civilian service, has also been helping veterans and their families in another capacity.
"I'm back in uniform again," said Taylor, who is currently the Pennsylvania commander of the Catholic War Veterans, a role he was elected into in June 2015.
"When you do something for a long period of time, it's engrained in you. I was looking for another organization to belong to," said Taylor, who also retired from the Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol as the state's vice commander.
"I've known about the Catholic War Veterans since 8th grade. The runner up of our school's spelling bee went to the local CWV spelling bee," Taylor explained. "When I became a CWV member, I started as the historian and quickly rose through the ranks."
Taylor's role in the CWV is leading the 1,800 members within Pennsylvania, with the main focus being to assist veterans in need. "A lot of it is helping veterans apply for and understand their benefits."
The Catholic War Veterans, which started in 1935, is one of only 45 Veterans Service Organizations ever in the country's history to be granted an official charter by the U.S. Congress.