Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association (PAFRA) member Tommy Taylor spent nine years in the United States Air Force before transferring to the country’s newest service, the United States Space Force (USSF). As a Space Force officer, Tommy was charged with commanding the country’s only narrowband satellite communications platforms. Narrowband satellites provide global communications capabilities for deployed naval ships in all corners of the globe. In May of 2023, Tommy separated from active duty at the rank of Major and now works as a Joint Exercise Planner for the USSF in Colorado Springs. In 2012, Tommy competed in and won his first PAFRA World Finals in the bull riding and went on to win it again in 2013 and 2015. In 2016, he was forced to retire from bull riding after suffering a broken spine followed by spinal fusion surgery. After his surgery, he’s taken time to raise a family on a small ranch in Peyton Colorado, welcoming Rachel (9), Jacob (7), Daniel (5), and Cami (2) all since his first world championship buckle. Now, seven years after his spinal surgery, Tommy is back to riding bulls and is planning a comeback for the 2023 PAFRA World Championship Rodeo in November at the Curry County Events Center in Clovis, NM. In July of 2023, Tommy won the bull riding at the El Paso County Fair, in Calhan Colorado as part of the Colorado Professional Rodeo Association and is well on his way back to regain his world title for PAFRA. He says, “he couldn’t do it without the help of his amazing wife Lauren, who is also a Major in the USSF, and the support and blessings of God in every aspect of his life.”
Written by Thomas Taylor
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