WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Brent Taylor, the mayor of North Ogden, Utah was reported as a casualty after an “insider attack” in Afghanistan.
- He was stationed in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer overseeing training of Afghan commandos.
- Political personalities expressed their condolences to the family Taylor left.
Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden, Utah was killed in an apparent “insider attack” in Afghanistan while serving with the National Guard.
Identifying the casualty as a member of the Guard, the Utah National Guard is still withholding the name of said Guard member pending notification of next of kin.
However, Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox posted on his social media account that 39-year-old Brent Taylor has been killed.
Cox posted of the devastating news that North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was killed while serving in Afghanistan. He adds that the war has once again cost [the people] the best blood of a generation and send out calls for rallying around [Taylor’s] family and mourning with them.
Gary Herbert, the governor of Utah plans to hold a news conference to discuss Taylor’s death.
Taylor, who was an officer in the National Guard, was deployed to Afghanistan in January with the Utah National Guard for an expected 12-month tour of duty. This was not his first time as Taylor already had experienced two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan.
Taylor told local media during his deployment as an intelligence officer in January that he will be serving on the advisory team and training the staff of an Afghan commando battalion.
He added that there is a need for his experience and skills to serve in the nation’s long-lasting war in Afghanistan as President Trump reinforced the troops in the country and expanding the capabilities of the commando units stationed there.
U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch posted on Twitter about Brent Taylor’s death stating that Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend.
Taylor became mayor of North Ogden in 2013 taking charge of the city’s 17,000 constituents. On the day of his deployment, hundreds of residents lined the streets to see him off.