A contingent from the North Ogden area traveled Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, to Draper for the press conference on the death of Brent Taylor, a Utah Army National Guard major killed in Afghanistan who had served as North Ogden mayor.
Taylor's death was mourned by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, who wrote that the Afghan war "has once again cost us the best blood of a generation".
"We are devastated by the loss of our mayor and friend, Brent Taylor", according to a statement on the North Ogden City Facebook page. He was elected to the City Council of North Ogden, about 45 miles north of Salt Lake City, in 2009 and became the full-time mayor in 2013, according to the city council website. The Fox affiliate reported that Taylor had been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times in the past.
Taylor was part of an advisory team tasked with training Afghan commandos.
A statement from the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said another USA service member was wounded in the attack.
Brent Taylor, a Utah National Guardsman and former mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was the service member killed in the attack, a friend of the Taylor family told The Salt Lake Tribune on Saturday. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard.
Insider attacks in recent months also have claimed the lives of a Czech soldier and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj.
"While I am far from ideal in any of these respects, I have given my life to serve all three of these loyalties whenever and however I can". He is survived by his wife, Jennie, and their seven children. "And right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan".
Hundreds of residents of North Ogden lined the street to see him off as police escorted him and his family around North Ogden, a community of about 17,000. Taylor on Saturday evening, via Twitter posts.
Taylor's last Facebook post touched on how inspired he had been by the elections in Afghanistan, as he encouraged people in the United States 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 wounded service member is undergoing medical treatment and is in stable condition", the statement added.