Brent Taylor

Brent Taylor, a major in the Utah Army National Guard, died in Afghanistan on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. He was on leave for a year-long deployment as mayor of North Ogden. A Veterans Affairs Vet Center in North Ogden will be renamed after Taylor later this month.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump has signed the measure renaming a North Ogden veterans facility after Maj. Brent Taylor, the former mayor of the city killed last November while serving in Afghanistan.

Per the action, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility at 2357 N. Washington Blvd. in North Ogden will become the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation. Taylor, a Utah Army National Guard major nearing the end of a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, died Nov. 3 after a member of the Afghani special forces contingent he was helping train turned on him and attacked him.

The U.S. House passed the measure unanimously on March 5 and the U.S. Senate passed it by unanimous consent on Feb. 5, preceding Trump’s signing on Thursday.

“It is only well and fitting that, as a tribute to the amazing life of Major Taylor, Congress name a facility in honor of Major Taylor’s shining example of service and sacrifice,” reads Senate Bill 49, the measure renaming the veterans facility.

Taylor had taken a year leave as mayor to serve in Afghanistan and it his fourth overseas military deployment.

“Major Taylor was continuously ready to take up a call to arms from the United States and deployed four times in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,” reads S.B. 49, noting that he had received the Bronze Star, among other awards, for his service. “His deployed duties varied from platoon leader and combat advisor to chief of staff to the special operations advisory group, responsible for leading a joint task force advising and assisting an elite Afghan special operations unit.”

The text goes on to laud his service as North Ogden mayor. Taylor was in his second term in the post.

“His steadfast leadership led to the city being recognized as ‘Business Friendly’ by the governor of Utah and as one of the safest, freest cities in the United States by several organizations. His initiatives included improvements to public works and infrastructure, attracting businesses to the area, developing a local community center and increasing transparency,” it reads.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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