By the Major Brent Taylor Foundation
This month, we honor Tyler King and Nate Grimley. Thank you for your service to our country!
Tyler King joined the Idaho Army National Guard in April 2000 toward the end of his junior year of high school. He served as a 13-B (Howitzer Cannon Crewmember) as part of Detachment 1 Battery A 1-148 Field Artillery in the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team. His brigade was called to active duty from June 2004 – November 2005 to train and deploy to Northeast Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his time overseas, he gained a much greater appreciation for the countless freedoms we enjoy in the United States.
When Tyler returned home from Iraq, he was promoted to sergeant and served as ammo team chief. He completed his eight-year contract in June 2008, and currently works as a secondary administrator for Weber School District. Tyler is currently working on getting back into the Army, where he plans to serve as a Chaplain for the Utah National Guard.
Tyler and his wife Amanda live in Harrisville with their four children. They love spending time together camping, hiking, and exploring the state of Utah. They also love music in its many forms and can often be found cheering for the Utah State Aggies.
Nate Grimley enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard in 1993, when he was only 17 years old. He was activated in 2002 to help with the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. He and his brother were both deployed in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nate had a break in service from 2006 – 2014, then he re-enlisted in the Utah Air National Guard. He is currently serving as a Senior Master Sergeant in the 169th Intelligence Squadron in Salt Lake City.
Nate’s sons, Evan and Ashton, think very highly of their dad and are proud of his military service. Nate can often be found advising other young people who are considering a military career. He is someone people often value getting advice from.
Nate’s wife, Leone, recognizes that military service is a family affair. She knows first-hand how much family support goes into each service member, and how much that service can weigh on the loved ones who are left picking up all the slack back home. The Grimleys have a strong, heartfelt love, and gratitude for military families everywhere. They’re grateful for the almost 20 years of service Nate has given to our country.