‘I’ve inherited my husband’s life’: Jennie Taylor confirmed as new aide to the Secretary of the Army

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Jennie Taylor speaks during the annual Utah Eagle Forum convention in Sandy on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

Jennie Taylor speaks during the annual Utah Eagle Forum convention in Sandy on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. | Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News

The Gold Star wife was sworn in Tuesday at the Pentagon, 14 months after her husband, then-mayor of North Ogden, was killed in action in Afghanistan

SALT LAKE CITY — Jennie Taylor, a Gold Star wife from North Ogden, was appointed as Utah’s newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of Army during a ceremony at the Pentagon on Tuesday afternoon.

Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy was in attendance to swear in Taylor and seven other aides.

“I took the same oath my husband took 17 years ago,” Taylor said of the emotional and exciting ceremony, “and I’ve never put on combat boots.”

Her husband, Maj. Brent Taylor of the Utah Army National Guard — and former mayor of North Ogden — was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 3, 2018, during an insider attack that wounded another American soldier. Brent Taylor was part a U.S. Army unit training Afghan commandos.

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