Lieutenant Colonel John H. Tao – U.S. Army 2012, Professor of Military Science of the Year
LTC John Tao was born and raised in Taiwan until the age of 14. He was commissioned through the ROTC program at University of Notre Dame in 1989. He has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions both in the United States and overseas. His initial troop assignment started with 2D Ranger Battalion at Fort Lewis. While there, he participated in the combat parachute assault onto Rio Hato Airfield during Operation Just Cause. After successful command of a heavy division chemical company in Germany, LTC Tao was selected to be a Foreign Area Officer focusing on Southeast Asia. During next three years, he studied Tagalog at the Defense Language Institute, attended the Philippines Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and traveled extensively in the Southeast Asia region. In 2003, following the attendance at U.S. CGSC, LTC Tao deployed as a chemical Battalion S3 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I with Task Force Ironhorse. Three years later, LTC Tao deployed again to Iraq as the Deputy Corps Chemical officer of Multi-national Corps-Iraq. From 2007 to 2010, LTC Tao served as the Inspector General of Guam National Guard. In August 2010, he arrived at San Jose and began serving as the Professor of Military Science of Santa Clara University.