The remains of a National Guard soldier and the mayor of Utah killed in Afghanistan this weekend are expected to arrive in the United States on Tuesday, according to the Department of Defense.
Maj. Brent R. Taylor, 39, who was killed in an insider attack on Saturday in Kabul, was mayor of North Ogden, husband and father of seven young children.
He served the Utah Army National Guard from the Joint Armed Forces Headquarters in Draper, Utah, and had completed two combat tours in Iraq. He served as the convoy's security commander and then as a consultant to an Iraqi national intelligence agency on the North Ogden City website. He was on his fourth mission – a second Afghanistan tour, according to AP.
It is expected that a dignified transfer of the remains of Taylor Tuesday morning at the Dover Air Force Air Force Base in Delaware, the spokesman for the US Department of Defense, will take place. Rob Manning told reporters Monday.
Another American military member wounded in the attack is currently undergoing medical treatment, but is in a stable condition, according to a statement by NATO.
Orrah Hatch, Utah Senator, tweeted a photo with Taylor on Saturday, calling the soldier "a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father and a dear friend".
Luke on the death of the mayor of North Ogden, Brent Taylor:
"Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father and a dear friend. The news of his death in Afghanistan is devastating. My prayers and my love are with Jennie and his 7 young children. His service will always be remembered. " pic.twitter.com/UHHbhTciYo
– Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) November 3, 2018
Gary Governor Gary Herbert said in a statement that he was "broken by the news" and felt "completely humbled by the ministry and ultimate sacrifice that this brave and unselfish soldier has commanded."
"The entire Herbert family mourns with this soldier's family, and we pray that their burdens will be lifted and that the hearts of all Utahns will reach out to comfort them in their grief," the statement said.
In his last Facebook post on October 28, Taylor urged everyone to vote for unity.
"With the US preparing for electoral elections next week, I hope everyone at home will exercise their valuable suffrage, and whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, we all remember that we have so much more than Americans, that unite We part. "Together we stand, divided we fall." God bless America, "he wrote.
Taylor was elected mayor of North Ogden in 2013 after serving on the city council since 2009. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Brigham Young University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah, according to the website of North Ogden City. He was a current Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Utah in International Relations.
The approximately 17,000 residents of North Ogden mourn the loss of the mayor of their city – the city government writes in a statement published on its website, Taylor has "a profound impact on this community."
"He was the best man with the ability to recognize potential and opportunities in his environment," the statement says. "We feel blessed to have him as our mayor."
"He had a great love and vision for this community," she added. "He was patriotic at heart and a shining example of what an American politician should be, and we are grateful that he has served both our city and our country, and his loss will be felt for years to come."
Three Afghan insider attacks in three weeks
Taylor's death marks the third insider attack in Afghanistan in the last three weeks.
On October 18, a member of the Afghan armed forces in Kandahar led prominent US and Afghan generals, killing the provincial police chief, General Abdul Raziq, and wounding US brig. Jeffrey Smiley, who was later transferred to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During the chaotic attack, the top US General was at the head of all US troops in Afghanistan, who had fled unhurt.
According to a New York Times investigation into the deadly insider attack, the event has deeply shaken relations between Afghan and American forces.
Only four days later, a Czech soldier was killed in another insider attack in the province of Herat in western Afghanistan, injuring two others.
The number of insider attacks in Afghanistan reached a peak of 61 years in 2012, but became less frequent after the US military took security measures to protect US troops.
Luis Martinez of ABC News contributed to this report from the Pentagon.