Lieutenant Commander Victoria Taylor is the Director of Auxiliary, District Five North Region (D5NR). The Director serves as an advisor to the District Commander regarding oversight of all D5NR Auxiliary matters in support of operational commands, which include Sector Delaware Bay, Air Station Atlantic City, Training Center Cape May, and the Atlantic Strike Team. D5NR is comprised of approx. 2000 Auxiliarists, 140 small boats, 5 aircraft, and 165 radio facilities and encompass the state of Delaware, most of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. D5NR provides vessel safety checks, harbor patrols, search and rescue, marine environmental response, along with numerous other services.
Lieutenant Commander Taylor previously served in the Office of Personnel Allowance and Reimbursable Division, Coast Guard Headquarters. There she served as the Reserve subject matter expert and was responsible for the review and accuracy of 60,000 active duty, civilian, and Reserve billets with a $4 billion budget on the Personnel Allowance List (PAL). She ensured PAL reprogrammings were compliant with Congress intent, funding limits, authorized work force caps, organizational initiatives, and Coast Guard policy.
She also served as the Reserve Force Readiness Chief (2011-2014) for the largest Reserve force within the Fifth District and the third largest force within the entire Coast Guard. She was the Reserve liaison between Sector active duty and Reserve forces, advising the Sector Commander and unit CO/OICs on Reserve policy, personnel, and training issues. Impressive management of the Reserve Program resulted in the #1 ranking in operational readiness for Sector and Station, receiving the RADM Bud Sparks Award for Reserve readiness.
Lieutenant Commander Taylor has responded to several disasters that include 2004 Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma; 2008 Hurricanes Gustav and Ike; 2010 Haitian earthquake; 2010 Deep Water Horizon Oil spill; 2011 Hurricane Irene; 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Paulsboro Train Derailment, and 2018 Hurricane Florence.
She graduated from Wilmington University with a 2002 Masters of Business Administration in Accounting and graduated from the Naval War with a 2018 Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Lieutenant Commander Taylor’s personal awards include: three Commendation Medals, four Achievement Medals, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, CG Special Ops Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and multiple team and unit awards.
She has two awesome boys, one at Norwich University and one in High School. She was married for 20 years to Rik Taylor, who passed from an automobile accident.