Brigadier General Talley volunteered for military service in 1983, serving with the 1st Infantry Division, 197th Separate Infantry Brigade, and William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso and commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1991.
Brigadier General Talley has led in several previous command and key staff assignments, to include: Troop Commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment; Logistics Officer, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne); Observer/Controller (Project Warrior), Mechanized Infantry Task Force and USAMEDDAC Chief of Logistics, National Training Center; G3 War Plans Officer, XVIII Airborne Corps; Director/Instructor, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course; Senior Task Force O/C, Joint Readiness Training Center; Commander, Defense Distribution Depot Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania; Commander, 6th Medical Logistics Management Center; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7, Office of the Surgeon General & US Army Medical Command; Commander 44th Medical Brigade; US Army Forces Command Surgeon; and most recently, Deputy Commanding General, Regional Health Command – Atlantic.
He served OIF combat tours as the Executive Officer of 261st Medical Battalion (ABN) and S3, 507th Corps Support Group (ABN), in addition to a deployment to Saudi Arabia as the Assistant Program Manager for Health Affairs, Office of the Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard (OPM-SANG) Modernization Program.
Brigadier General Talley's professional military education includes the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College & School of Advanced Military Studies, and the Army War College. He holds two Master of Military Arts and Sciences degrees from the Command and General Staff College; a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College; and a Master of Arts degree from Webster University.
Brigadier General Talley's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, and Master Parachutist badge. He is a Military Historian designee, and a member of the Armored Corps' Order of Saint George and Army Medical Department's Order of Military Medical Merit. He is also a National board certified respiratory therapy practitioner.