Utah mayor killed during military service in Afghanistan

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A contingent from the North Ogden area traveled Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, to Draper for the press conference on the death of Brent Taylor, a Utah Army National Guard major killed in Afghanistan who had served as North Ogden mayor. "Ultimately, he was a bridge builder and a person who made friends and just loved people. What can we do to help our fellow man?"

"He always wanted to give back and make the world a better place", Cox said in a telephone interview Saturday night. Taylor had served with the Utah National Guard since 2013.

He said Taylor and others were taking part in some sort of foot patrol when Saturday's incident occurred.

In his last entry two weeks before his death, Taylor uploaded photos of a ruck march with both US troops and Afghan security forces members. He said others had discouraged Taylor from deploying a fourth time, telling him, "You've done enough".


"My heart breaks for the loss and sacrifice of our soldier, particularly for the family", Burton said in a statement, according to the Tribune.

Taylor announced he would be headed on a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan in January. In Facebook postings during this current deployment, Taylor lamented that he had to watch his youngest daughter take her first steps via Skype, and that he missed his 15th anniversary with his wife.

Ogden posted a message on Facebook days before his death about voting, freedom and unity.

"I hate this", Cox wrote.


A week ago, Taylor urged Americans to vote in Tuesday's congressional elections, saying he hoped "whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us". "'United we stand, divided we fall.' God Bless America".

Taylor is seen here with his family in a July 4 parade in 2014.

The motive for the shooting - the second insider attack at a base against foreign troops in less than two weeks - was not immediately clear.

Taylor was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah in worldwide relations after receiving a Bachelor of Arts at Brigham Young in political science and a Master of Public Administration from the Unifersity of Utah. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. "It's bitter because he was with folks he was helping. and that's what is ultimately so painful about this".


In August, a State Department official said that the USA was doing "everything we can" to bring the Taliban and the Afghan government to the table. His remains are scheduled to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in DE on Monday evening.

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