A Utah Town Remembers Its Mayor, Killed In Action In Afghanistan


Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, and an energetic and beloved figure in Utah politics, was killed Saturday in an incident in Afghanistan, where he was serving as a member of the state National Guard.

Utah National Guard officials will be holding a news conference to release more details about the death of Brent Taylor, North Ogden mayor and major in Utah's Army National Guard.

Similarly, Herbert will order that US and Utah flags be lowered to half-staff for Taylor's funeral.

Taylor became mayor of North Ogden, a city of about 17,000 people 46 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2013. "I'm struggling for words. We must rally around his family", he added.

Burton said Taylor was not serving with any Utah National Guard units at the time of his death but was supporting special operations to train the national army in Afghanistan.

Taylor was part of an advisory team tasked with training Afghan commandos.

In his last entry two weeks before his death, Taylor uploaded photos of a ruck march with both USA troops and Afghan security forces members. Afghan security forces members immediately killed the attacker.

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Taylor leaves behind a wife and seven children, and a town that grieves their popular mayor.

The Utah National Guard has identified the service member killed as a member of the Guard. As well as being able to position infiltrators within regular Afghan units, the terror group has expanded its presence in recent months and now controls or influences just over half of the country's 407 districts, according to United States military estimates.

"Right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan", he said.

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, wrote on Facebook that Taylor was "the definition of the term 'public servant'". The wounded service member is undergoing medical treatment and is in stable condition.

The attack in which Taylor was killed happened in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

Taylor's last Facebook post touched on how inspired he had been by the elections in Afghanistan, as he encouraged people in the USA to vote on Tuesday. "And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us".

The flags at North Ogden City Hall "are at half-staff and the City Council is meeting (Monday) night to discuss additional options for ways to honor Mayor Taylor", Call said in an email.