Alumni Association to honor military career of ’70 graduate

Author: Erik Runyon


Retired Gen. Francis X. Taylor, assistant U.S. secretary of state for diplomatic security and director of the Office of Foreign Missions, will receive the Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award during a halftime ceremony at the Notre Dame-Purdue football game Saturday (Oct. 2).p. The Corby Award is presented annually by the Notre Dame Alumni Association to a graduate who has distinguished himself or herself in military service.p. Taylor directs law enforcement for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and oversees Department of State security programs to protect U.S. government employees and facilities abroad, and the integrity of on-site classified information. In his oversight of the Office of Foreign Missions, Taylor ensures the equitable treatment of U. S. diplomatic and consular missions and their personnel and regulates the activities of foreign missions in the United States.p. In his former role as the State Departments coordinator for counterterrorism, Taylor was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing American counterterrorism policy and coordinating U.S. government efforts to improve counterterrorism cooperation with foreign governments.p. During a 31-year active-duty military career, Taylor held a full range of command and staff positions, including director of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He ascended to the rank of brigadier general in 1996 and retired from active duty in 2001.p. Among the honors he has received are the Distinguished Service Medal, National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal and Legion of Merit.p. A 1970 graduate, Taylor was commissioned through Notre Dames ROTC program. He earned his masters degree in government and international studies from the University in 1974.p. The Corby Award was established in 1985 in honor of Notre Dames third president, who was a celebrated Civil War chaplain of the Union armys Irish Brigade.p.

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