Maj. Jarrod Krull
First published in
SFOR Informer#166, October, 2003
Sergeant Major Dennis Lee Tellock, a Minnesota Army National
Guard soldier deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina in support
of NATO's Operation Joint Forge- Stabilization Force (SFOR)
14, collapsed while doing physical training at Eagle Base,
Sgt. Maj. Tellock had just completed a section sponsored at-your-own-pace
fitness run when he collapsed. Soldiers at the scene began
first aid and called for an ambulance from the nearby Eagle
Base Medical Facility. Medics arrived on the scene and attempted
to stabilize and revive Tellock prior to transporting him
to the medical facility where he was pronounced dead at 4:45
p.m. local time. The exact cause of his death is still being
Sgt. Maj. Tellock, a member of the Minnesota Army National
Guard's 34th Infantry Division, headquartered in Rosemount,
Minn., volunteered to deploy to Bosnia as part of the Division's
Joint Military Affairs section. He was one of more than 1,100
Minnesota Army National Guard soldiers that began arriving
in Bosnia earlier this month to support the NATO-led peacekeeping
Minnesota Army National Guard Brigadier General Richard Nash,
Task Force Eagle Commander, expressed his regret at the loss
of Sgt. Maj. Tellock and offered his sincere condolences to
Sgt. Maj. Tellock's family and friends back home.
"Sgt. Maj. Tellock will be greatly missed by all the
soldiers of Task Force Eagle, the 34th Infantry Division and
the Minnesota Army National Guard as we continue with our
mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina," said Nash. "He was
a true soldier and a key member of our Noncommissioned Officer
Corps. His friends and family are in our thoughts and prayers,
and my personal condolences go out to his wife and daughter."
Hundreds of Task Force Eagle soldiers attended a ceremony
as Sgt. Maj. Tellock was carried to a Michigan Air National
Guard C-130 that transported him from Eagle Base to Ramstein
Air Base in Germany on Sunday. From there, the body will be
transported to Minnesota. A memorial service was also held
at Eagle Base later that evening.
Sgt. Maj. Tellock was 59 years old and began his military
career with the U.S. Navy in 1962. He joined the Minnesota
Army National Guard in 1973.
During his military career, Tellock served in the military
police, field artillery and intelligence analyst fields and
prior to his deployment to Bosnia was deployed overseas five
times as part of annual training; three times to Korea and
twice to Panama.
Sgt. Maj. Tellock lived in Wyoming, Minnesota, and is survived
by a wife and daughter.