Brent Chugg, who temporarily took on the role of acting mayor of North Ogden while Taylor was deployed, said Taylor was a "great patriotic person" who had "a great love for his country".
"This is unbelievably tragic".
According to the Washington Post, Taylor was killed when a member of the Afghan security forces opened fire on USA forces in an apparent "insider attack".
Herbert said he planned to hold a news conference Sunday afternoon to give additional details.
Brent Taylor, a major with the Utah Army National Guard, was identified as the servicemember killed, according to a Facebook post by North Ogden City Councilman Phillip Swanson. "I love Mayor Taylor, his wonderful wife Jennie and his 7 sweet kids". When he was elected to the City Council of North Ogden in 2009, and became mayor in 2013, he was determined to bring the booming economic growth that was happening in other parts of Utah to his town, which he felt had untapped potential at that time.
Taylor announced his deployment to his constituents in early January via Facebook Live, explaining that he had been called to help train Afghan commando units after President Donald Trump had ordered an increase in the number of US troops in Afghanistan. He served 12 years as an officer in the United States Army National Guard, including seven years on active duty. The wounded soldier was reported to be in stable condition. We must rally around his sweet family'.
"I am heartbroken at the news that we lost one of our own today in Afghanistan and feel completely humbled by the service and the ultimate sacrifice offered by this fearless and selfless soldier". Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general.
The attack is the latest in a series of "green-on-blue" attacks in which members of the Afghan forces have killed United States or coalition advisers this year and follows the death of a Czech soldier in the western province of Herat last month.
'I wish them all the comfort and courage to face the hard days ahead'. "His service will always be remembered", Hatch said. "The threat is very real".