Major General Tony Taguba served 34 years on active duty. He retired on January 1, 2007.
Born in Manila, Philippines, he immigrated to the United States in July 1961. Commissioned as an Armor Officer from Idaho State University in 1972, he served in numerous command and staff positions with service assignments in the continental United States, South Korea, Germany, and deployments to Kuwait and Iraq.
During Operations Iraqi Freedom, he served as Deputy Commanding General for Support, Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC)/Army Central Command/Third U.S. Army forward deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. He was responsible for overseeing logistical and support services to U.S. and Coalition forces totaling over 150,000 troops conducting combat operations. His duty also included the coordination of host nation support from the Government of Kuwait, and security cooperation and training requirements with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and Qatar.
Upon his return from deployment, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon. In his final assignment on active duty, he served as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command.
His military awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (2 awards), Legion of Merit (4 awards), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6 awards), Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.
Taguba served as Vice President for Army Account, SERCO Inc, a global services company from 2007 to 2008. He is the President of TDLS Consulting LLC, a business consulting services company for corporate and nonprofit organizations. He is also involved in a great deal of charitable work, from assisting Veterans with their benefits and health care needs, raising funds for college scholarships, and as a volunteer at the United Service Organizations (USO). He is the Chairman of Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors (PPALM), the Chairman of the Filipino Veterans Education and Recognition Project (FILVETREP), a Member of the Board of Directors for the Armed Forces Insurance Company, and a Community Ambassador for AARP.
He is married to Debra Ann Taguba. They have 2 adult children – Lindsay Taguba Keys and Captain Sean T. Taguba, and twin granddaughters, Ibby and Lily.