Vice President Mike Pence honored the son of late Utah National Guard Major Brent Taylor with a special tour of Air Force Two.
Taylor was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on November of last year in what was ruled an insider attack and Pence wanted to thank Taylor’s wife, Jennie, and the 10-year-old for his service and sacrifice. Utah Governor Gary Herbert also accompanied the group.
“He said some very nice things. He said it was his honor to meet us, which we, of course, feel honored to meet him. He thanked us for our service, for Brent’s sacrifice, and he told Alex that our country is very proud of his dad and his mom,” Jennie Taylor said via Deseret News.
“That really touched me, that he knew who I was, knew who we are, was aware of our family and our situation. He was very personable,” she continued. She said it was “surreal to stand there and greet the vice president and welcome him to our beautiful state. I still can’t believe this is happening.”
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Vice President Pence said in a statement that it was his honor to meet the family, telling them: “This country will never forget the service and sacrifice” of Major Taylor.
Jennie, it was my honor to meet you & Alex when I arrived in Utah. This country will never forget the service & sacrifice of your late husband Maj. Brent Taylor. Thanks for your inspiring example of faith & courage & your work w/ https://t.co/zptDlP31Kvhttps://t.co/5jFtTMPwJR
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 22, 2019
Here’s more from the report:
The Taylors met the vice president’s plane at the request of the White House, Herbert spokeswoman Anna Lehnardt said. “We were of course very happy they chose to honor the Taylor family,” she said.
The vice president offered Alex a chance to see inside the 737 aircraft that had touched down about 10 minutes before the scheduled 6:25 p.m. arrival at the general aviation portion of the Salt Lake City International Airport, then taxied slowly toward an enthusiastic invited crowd.
“We got a little tour. There were lots of seats,” Alex said, who also took note of the galley for food service. “We saw where the pilots would sit and drive the plane.”
Not only did Alex see the cockpit, the three Air Force majors piloting Air Force Two invited him to sit in the pilot’s seat.