Photo by Spc.
Pvt. Devin Taylor, left, the
newest member of the Utah National Guard,
is sworn in Apr. 3 by
his commander in chief, Gov. Jon Huntsman.
With three brothers already
serving their state and country as members of the Utah
National Guard, it seemed natural for Devin Taylor to
Huntsman officiated at the ceremony Apr. 3, giving Taylor
the oath of enlistment.
wanted to be there to personally swear Devin in and to thank
him and his family for their service," Huntsman said. "I
want each member of the Utah National Guard to know how much
their commander-in-chief appreciates them and their
enlisted in the 1457th Engineer Battalion, joining brothers
Brent, 141st Military Intelligence Battalion; Matt, 115th
Engineers; and Bryan, 1457th Engineers. Brent and Matt
joined the Guard in 2003, and Bryan enlisted in January of
this year. "I looked at all the branches of the military,"
Devin said. "My brothers are all serving in the Guard, so I
looked there a little closer."
Devin said he
liked the freedom and choices the Guard will give him.
of becoming an officer," Devin said. "You have to go to
school for that and the Guard is going to help pay for it."
Photo by Spc.
Pvt. Taylor's three
Guard brothers, from left to right, Pfc. Bryan
1457th Engineers; Spc.
Matthew Taylor, 115th Engineers;
Taylor, 141st Military Intelligence Battalion.
brother Matt was the first to join and says it's neat to
have his siblings serve alongside him.
"I think it
is really exciting for us," Matt said. "The Guard is a great
opportunity to serve our country."
As to the
latest Taylor to sign up?
pressure him to join," Matt said. "He looked up to us as his
older brothers. I think he'll do a good job."
Devin says he
has three younger siblings who may also join the family in
serving their country.
"I'm not sure
what they will do," Devin said. "But I know they have been
thinking about it, too."
leave for basic training this summer.