Retired April 1, 1981.
Brigadier General Chester D. Taylor Jr. is the staff judge advocate of Air Force Systems Command with headquarters at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
General Taylor was born in 1928, in South St. Paul, Minn., where he graduated from high school. He entered the University of Minnesota in 1946 where he received a bachelor of science in law degree in 1950 and a juris doctorate in 1952. He received a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1967 and is a graduate of the Air War College.
General Taylor enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve in June 1948 and served until May 1952 when he was offered a direct appointment as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was ordered to active duty at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in June of that year where he served as a procurement staff officer in the Aircraft Division, Directorate of Procurement and Production, Headquarters Air Materiel Command.
From November 1955 to May 1958, General Taylor was assigned to Headquarters Air Materiel Forces European Area located at Wiesbaden, Germany. During that assignment he received a commission in the regular Air Force and served initially as assistant staff judge advocate and later chief, Procurement Law Division. During this period he provided legal services in support of the centralized procurement activity of the Air Materiel Command in Europe as well as supervising contract law services at four air materiel areas located in Europe and North Africa.
He served the next four years as a trial attorney in the Directorate of Contract Appeals, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In that capacity he represented the Air Force in the trial of a large number of contract dispute cases before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the negotiated settlement of many others. In May 1958 General Taylor was assigned to Headquarters Thirteenth Air Force at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, where he served successively as the director of civil law and the director of international law. During his last two years at Clark Air Base, he was the staff judge advocate, 405th Fighter Wing.
His next assignment was to Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He served there more than four years as chief, Contract Airlift and Civil Air Regulatory Branch, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and subsequently as the chief, Procurement Law Division. During this period General Taylor appeared as principal counsel of record in proceedings before the Civil Aeronautics Board involving international operating rights, air routes and military rates payable for contract airlift in support of U.S. forces worldwide and required for implementation of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet.
General Taylor's next assignment, beginning in July 1971, was as the staff judge advocate, Space and Missile Systems Organization, at Los Angeles Air Force Station, Calif. In that capacity he exercised responsibility for legal services provided in support of research and development, test and evaluation, and acquisition and deployment of Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile systems, reentry vehicles, space boosters and satellite systems, including on-orbit command and control of military space vehicles. After two years in that position, General Taylor was assigned to Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as deputy staff judge advocate. He served in that capacity until October 1977, when he was appointed to his present position.
General Taylor is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals and the Supreme Court of Minnesota. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.
His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and Army Commendation Medal. He also wears the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbon with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster. He has also been awarded the Air Force Association Certificate of Honor for assistance provided to the families of prisoners of war and those missing in action in Vietnam.
He was promoted to the grade of brigadier general on Feb. 8, 1979, with date of rank Feb. 8, 1979.