Gov. Huntsman Swears In

Fourth Taylor Brother to Guard

 

Written by Shad West, Ogden Standard-Examiner

Reprinted by permission

Published April 5, 2006

 

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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.

Photo by Spc. Samantha Xanthos

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.

SOUTH OGDEN, Utah With three brothers already serving their state and country as members of the Utah National Guard, it seemed natural for Devin Taylor to enlist, too.

Gov. Jon Huntsman officiated at the ceremony Apr. 3, giving Taylor the oath of enlistment.

"I just 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 dedication."

Devin 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.

"I'm thinking of becoming an officer," Devin said. "You have to go to school for that and the Guard is going to help pay for it."

Pvt. Taylor's three Guard brothers, from left to right, Pfc. Bryan Taylor, 1457th Engineers; Spc. Matthew Taylor, 115th Engineers; Cadet Brent Taylor, 141st Military Intelligence Battalion.

Photo by Spc. Samantha Xanthos

Pvt. Taylor's three Guard brothers, from left to right, Pfc. Bryan Taylor,

1457th Engineers; Spc. Matthew Taylor, 115th Engineers;

 Cadet Brent Taylor, 141st Military Intelligence Battalion.

Devin's older 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?

"We didn't 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."

Devin will leave for basic training this summer.