Maj. Brent Taylor, a beloved Utah mayor and Nationwide Guard officer who deployed to Afghanistan in January, had typically voiced the hope that “everybody again residence workout routines their treasured proper to vote,” his spouse, Jennie Taylor, recalled on Tuesday morning at Dover Air Drive Base in Delaware.
Ms. Taylor traveled to the bottom along with her two oldest sons to witness the return of her husband’s stays, carried off a army plane by a crew of American troopers within the early morning hours.
“It appears solely becoming that Brent, who in loss of life now represents one thing a lot larger than any of our personal particular person lives, has come residence to U.S. soil in a flag-draped casket on our Election Day,” she mentioned.
Main Taylor, 39, was killed on Saturday in a suspected insider assault whereas stationed in Kabul. He was on his fourth war-zone deployment — twice to Iraq, and twice to Afghanistan — and had taken a depart of absence from his publish as mayor of North Ogden, Utah, to go.
The couple had seven youngsters: Lincoln, 11, and Alex, 9, who have been with their mom in Delaware on Tuesday, and Megan, 13; Jacob 7; Ellie, 5; Jonathan, 2; and Caroline, 11 months.
In a letter to Ms. Taylor that was shared on Twitter, an Afghan Nationwide Military pilot, Maj. Abdul Rahman Rahmani, credited Main Taylor with altering his views on household and democracy. Within the letter, Main Rahmani mentioned he had flown on assignments with Main Taylor and had labored with him to coach Afghan forces.
“Please move my phrases to your seven youngsters, whom I contemplate as brothers and sisters to my very own 5 youngsters, Haha, Taiba, Tawab, Aqsa and What,” the letter reads. “Inform them their father was a loving, caring and compassionate man whose life was not simply significant, it was inspirational. I gained an excessive amount of information from him and I’m a greater individual for having met him.”
The Pentagon mentioned on Monday that Main Taylor was killed and one other service member wounded on account of an “obvious insider assault,” and that the episode was below investigation. Many Americn casualties in Afghanistan lately have are available in insider assaults.
Main Taylor’s loss of life has hit laborious in North Ogden, the middle-class suburb north of Salt Lake Metropolis the place he had been mayor since 2013. The household was informed that it could take the army so long as 10 days earlier than his physique may very well be handed over to his household. However the metropolis is planning to carry a vigil for him on Saturday simply the identical, in an amphitheater that Main Taylor had expanded right into a neighborhood gathering place that staged its first musical over the summer season.
Ms. Taylor repeated her husband’s want that Individuals would head to the polls and vote on Tuesday.
“And whether or not the Republicans or the Democrats win,’’ she mentioned, “I hope that all of us bear in mind we now have much more as Individuals that unites us than divides us.”