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Family identifies Utah Guard member killed in Afghanistan

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Wednesday, August 16th. Sgt. Aaron Butler paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Sgt. Butler was from Monticello. He was 27 years old.

His family released the following statement:

“The Army values are: ‘Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage’. Aaron Butler personified those values in everything he said and did. In a life that was all too brief, our dear son and brother made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. While we are heartbroken to become a Gold Star family, we honor Aaron’s service and sacrifice. Aaron was a strength to us, an inspiration to those around him, and a joy to have in our family.”

His family says says Butler and his 11 other team members of Utah’s National Guard were sweeping for security when an explosive device went off.  The blast killed Butler and injured the 11 other Guard members. Eight of the 11 injured live in the Beehive state. 

The group was working with members of the Afghan Army on a ground mission fighting members of the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan.

His family says Sgt. Butler is one of four soldiers who graduated with honors from the Army Green Beret Special Forces Qualification course in January 2016.

“Aaron was absolutely fearless, selfless, courageous and relentless,” his father Randy said.

Butler graduated from Monticello High School in 2008. He was a four-time high school state wrestling champ. After graduating he served an LDS mission in Ghana from 2009-2011. 

Sgt. Butler is the first Utah Guard member who died in Afghanistan since 2010, according to Gov. Herbert.

His body is being flown to Dover, Maryland. Funeral services are pending.

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