Friends and colleagues are confirming the death of North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was deployed with the Utah National Guard in Afghanistan. This war has once again cost us the best blood of a generation. "We must rally around his family", he added. Meanwhile, North Ogden officials plan to come up with a way to remember Taylor, who had been elected to his second term as mayor in 2017 following a term on the North Ogden City Council.
Taylor was part of an advisory team tasked with training Afghan commandos.
The two USA service members were medically evacuated to Bagram Airfield, where the wounded service member is undergoing medical treatment and is in stable condition, it said.
"Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces", officials said in the release.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the "green-on-blue" attack - in which Afghan forces turn their weapons on worldwide soldiers with whom they are working. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton.
Last month, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander in Afghanistan, General Scott Miller, escaped unhurt when the bodyguard of a provincial governor opened fire on a group of US and Afghan officials in the southern province of Kandahar.
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'I am proud of the fearless Afghan and United States soldiers I serve with. "Please keep Jennie (Taylor's wife) and his children in your prayers".
"Right now there is a need for my experience and skills to serve in our nation's long-lasting war in Afghanistan", Taylor wrote.
Over the past 10 months, Taylor posted periodic updates of his Afghanistan service to Facebook, often sounding and looking optimistic.
In his last Facebook post, dated October 28, Taylor quoted Franklin D. Roosevelt - "In the truest sense, freedom can not be bestowed; it must be achieved" - and spoke with pride about witnessing Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years, despite threats of violence. "Mayor Brent Taylor was the only person I personally knew who was able to share his deployment on social media".
Taylor, who joined the service in 2003, had insurance, Burton said, and will also receive the aid of a "casualty assistance officer". "We feel blessed to have had him as our mayor".
A GoFundMe page to support his wife, Jennie, and their children has already raised more than $130,000.