"I wondered where he got the time, and if he ever slept", North Ogden resident Brad Haslam said in an instant message. Taylor is seen here with his family in a July 4 parade in 2014. But months away from his return, Taylor was killed during an apparent insider attack Saturday in Kabul.
North Ogden city mayor Major Brent Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan with the Utah National Guard at the beginning of this year.
Taylor, 39, had been the town's mayor since 2013, and a member of the city council before that.
This year, at least three United States military personnel have been killed in "green-on-blue" attacks. "I've been trying to fill in for him while he's been gone as mayor, and he has big shoes to fill".
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. Taylor had been supporting special operations forces in the region.
Another servicemember, who has not been identified, was also wounded in the attack.
According to the Defense Casualty Analysis System, eight US military members, likely not including this latest casualty, have been killed and 95 have been wounded in Afghanistan so far in 2018.
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The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan said in a statement on Saturday that a us armed forces member was killed but did not identify him.
Chugg said that townspeople are reeling from the mayor's death. "He was the personification of the love of God, family and country". "I consider him one of the greatest examples and what a mentor is and of what leadership should be".
Other Utah politicians shared their sorrow about the news.
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and the state's lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox, confirmed Taylor's death.
Cox, who became friends with Taylor as they made the rounds of the "rubber chicken" circuit of Utah politics together, said Taylor's motivation for entering politics was simple. This war has once again cost us the best blood of a generation. "The entire Herbert family mourns with this soldier's family and we pray that their burdens may be lifted, and that the hearts of all Utahns will reach out to comfort them in their grief". "Thank you for your sacrifice my friend".
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert plans to hold a news conference on Sunday to discuss the death. "It's bitter because he was with folks he was helping. and that's what is ultimately so painful about this".