Utah mayor, Guard member killed by trainee in Afghanistan

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

The mayor of a Utah city is being hailed for his heroism after he was killed in action in Afghanistan while deployed as part of his National Guard service.

Chugg told NPR that he was devastated to learn yesterday that Taylor had been killed.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said in a statement he was "heartbroken at the news" and felt "completely humbled by the service and the ultimate sacrifice offered by this courageous and selfless soldier". "Many American, NATO allies, and Afghan troops have died to make moments like this possible; for example, my dear friend Lieutenant Kefayatullah who was killed fighting the Taliban the day before voting began".

He then turned to the midterm elections in the United States, which are taking place on November 6.

"As the US gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote", he added. And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more that unites us than divides us.

"United we stand, divided we fall", he wrote.

The Utah mayor posted often on Facebook about the Afghan soldiers whom he interacted with, saying he was inspired by their dedication.

There are fewer than 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan this year, which is a significant drop from the 100,000 there in 2011, when the war was still considered a combat mission.

A dignified transfer of Taylor's remains is expected to take place early Tuesday morning at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Department of Defense spokesperson Col. Rob Manning told reporters on Monday. "And so I echo the words someone recently shared with me, Brent may have died on Afghan soil but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries".

"Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a dear friend", U.S. Sen.

"You may or may not be aware of some of our cultural differences", he wrote in the letter, addressed to Taylor's wife, Jennie, "but in Afghanistan family is not everything, for many of us, family are treated as property".

The 39-year-old was also the mayor of North Ogden, Utah. Our deepest condolences and constant prayers are with his wife Jennie, his children and the entire Taylor family. Hundreds of residents of North Ogden lined the street to see him off as police escorted him and his family around the community. He planned on returning home from his deployment to finish his term as mayor.

As news of Taylor's death spread, many public figures, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Mitt Romney, who is running to represent Utah in the U.S. Senate, expressed their sorrow about his loss on social media.

A report released by the USA government's own ombudsman of the war reports that the Taliban have strengthened their grip in Afghanistan over the past three years and now control more territory than at any time since 2001. We [Americans] don't want another 9/11 to happen in the United States. We answered the call because my dad was needed.

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