So-called insider attacks have long been a problem for coalition forces in Afghanistan. At their peak in 2012, 61 coalition soldiers were killed by such attacks.
Major Taylor decided to join the military someday after the Sept. 11 attacks while attending Brigham Young University, published in The Deseret News, January 1, in a Salt Lake City newspaper. His five brothers thus joined the Army after the 2001 attacks, it said.
His wife, Jennie Taylor, said in the article that service is an important part of their lives, and an example for their seven children. "I hope they know that in our family, we help," she said. "In our family, we do what we can. If it's something we can do, and the call comes to serve, we say yes. "
Major Taylor urged others to act as well, saying on Facebook in January that's "reading to a children at school, or just helping a neighbor, there are ways to brighten someone's day."
Last Sunday Facebook post, he called on all Americans to vote. "Whether the Republicans or the Democrats win," he said, it is important that we all remember that we have more than Americans that unites us than divides us. "
Accolades poured out for Major Taylor's late Saturday across social media.
He said, "North Ogden's website said in his death. It added, "He was patriotic to the core and shining example of what an American politician should be."
Mitt Romney, the 2012 presidential candidate who is now running for the Senate in Utah, said on Twitter that he was "heartbroken" over the news.