Obituary

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, on Saturday.
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 determined.
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 mission here.
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.

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Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Alan Johnson leads an honor detail carrying the flag draped casket of Sgt. Maj. Dennis Tellock.