National Guardsman Slain in Afghanistan Urged Americans to Vote

Utah National Guard shows Maj. Brent Taylor of the Utah National Guard. Taylor former mayor of North Ogden died in Afghanistan on Saturday Nov. 3 2018 City Councilman Phillip Swanson said. Taylor was deployed to Afg

Wife of Utah man killed in Afghanistan: Heartache, no regret

Just a few days before he lost his life in Afghanistan, Brent Taylor - the father of seven children and the mayor of North Ogden, Utah - had "the precious right to vote" on his mind.

North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor was shot to death Saturday by an Afghan commando he was training in what is feared to have been an inside attack. He was not serving with any other Utah National Guardsman or units at the time of his death, but was supporting special operations forces in the region.

"Brent Taylor was a dynamic individual", said Brent Chugg, who has served as North Ogden's temporary mayor during Taylor's deployment.

Taylor's body will arrive back at Dover Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday at 9:45 p.m. Details regarding funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, left, salutes as an Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Maj.

The remains of Maj.

'I do believe that Major Taylor felt he was among friends, with people he was working with, ' Maj.

"Brent may have died on Afghan soil, but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries", she said in a statement that referred to her husband's final post on Facebook, which urged Americans to exercise their "precious right to vote".

It seems only fitting that Brent, who in death now represents something so much greater than any of our own individual lives, has come home to US soil in a flag-draped casket on our Election Day.

"It is timeless and cherished honor to serve in our country's armed services".

He had served 12 years as an officer in the Army National Guard, seven of which were spent on active duty, according to his biography on the North Ogden city website. "And it has been mine just as long as I have proudly stood by his side". "I love Mayor Taylor, his unbelievable wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids".

"When I asked Jennie what she would like me to say when we came out, she said that there is heartache but no regret", Taylor's sister-in-law, Kristy Pack, told reporters over the weekend, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

'As the United States of America gets ready to vote in our own election next week, I hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote.

"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", he said. "I thank you, and I pray always that God will bless America".

Taylor, 39, was killed at a base in Kabul when an Afghan security forces member allegedly opened fire on foreign servicemen training Afghan soldiers, according to the Washington Post.

One other American service member who was wounded in the attack is now undergoing medical treatment but in stable condition, according to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement.

He won a seat on the city council in 2009 - three years after graduating from Brigham Young University - and won his first term as mayor in 2013, his bio says.

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