Sgt. Major Jeffery McLochlin
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Jeff McLochlin joined the United States Army in August 1986. He served on active duty with the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Battalion until May 1990. Jeff served in Operation Just Cause, December 1989, where he parachuted into Panama to conduct combat operations. After his active duty career Jeff joined the Indiana Army National Guard in January 1991. Shortly thereafter Jeff was deployed to Desert Shield/Storm. In January 2004 Jeff deployed to Bosnia Herzegovina where he was the First Sergeant of C Co 2/152 INF(M). Jeff made his final deployment to Afghanistan in October2005. SGM Jeff McLochlin died July 5, 2006 while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. His many awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, 5 Army Commendation Medals, 3 Army Achievement Medals, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge with Star, Expert Infantry Badge, and Parachute Badge with Bronze Star.

Jeff McLochlin was a man who dedicated his life to serving others. Jeff was also a Police Officer with the Plymouth Police Department in Plymouth, Indiana. He served his country and community with unwavering dedication. The family and friends of this great American hero want to remember Jeff the way he would want, by running.

5K Run/Walk
On July 28, 2007 at 8:00am the first annual Jeff McLochlin Memorial Run/Walk will be held to help celebrate the life and accomplishments of Jeff McLochlin. The family of this great American hero cordially invites everyone to join them at Centennial Park in Plymouth, Indiana for a 5K RUN/WALK. Entry for this event would be a $15.00 donation to the Jeff McLochlin Memorial Fund. All donations are accepted and are committed to the fund through First Federal Savings Banks in Plymouth and Rochester Indiana. Participation is not required for donations. Come join us to enjoy one of Jeff’s passions. Registration will begin at 7:15am. You must check in before starting your selected event.

Sergeant Major Jeffrey Allen McLochlin  
SGM Jeffrey Allen McLochlin, 45, of Rochester, died at 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5 in Orgun-E, Afghanistan from wounds received in a small arms fire on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He was born on Feb. 13, 1961 in Rochester to Richard and Lucinda “Cindy”, who survive. On Dec. 24, 1996 he married Nicholle in Rochester. She survives.

He lived his entire life in the Rochester community with the exception when he served his country.

Before coming to the Plymouth Police Department in March of 1999, McLochlin served as a police officer in Rochester.

His ties to the police force are embedded within his family history. His father served as the Fulton County Sheriff for several years.

McLochlin had taken a leave of absence from the force to serve in the National Guard.

He was the 13th Hoosier soldier to be killed in the War on Terror.

He leaves behind his wife and parents are one daughter, two sons, two sisters, one brother, his wife's parents, his paternal grandmother, two special buddies and many friends.


Indianapolis- Governor Mitch Daniels and the Adjutant General of Indiana, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, have recieved notification that a soldier from the Indiana National Guard was killed while on deployment in Afghanistan.

Sg.t Maj. Jeffrey A. McLochlin, 45, from Headquarters Company. 2nd Battalion, 152nd infantry, Marion, IND., was killed Wednesday, July 5th, as a result of small arms fire while conducting combat patrols in Orgun E, Afghanistan. Sgt. Maj. McLochlin was a resident of Rochester.Ind.

Gov. Mitch Daniels was informed of the death and expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Sgt. Maj. McLochlin's family for the Guardsman's service and sacrifice. "I am very saddened to here the news of Sgt. Maj. McLochlin's death." Daniels said. "However, I can also say that I am proud of soldiers like him that give the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and defense. Sgt. Maj. McLochlin exemplifies our state's patriotism and the willingness of every soldier to put thier lives on the lines in the name of freedom."

" I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Sgt. Maj. McLochlin," said Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, the adjutant genral. "A veteran of Operation Just Cause, Sgt. Maj. McLochlin continued to demonstrate his patriotism and dedication to our nation's defense through his service into the National Guard. During his final deployment, Sgt. Maj. McLochlin was instrumental in the protection and growth of teh Afghanistan people and its security forces. His dedication to the defense of this nation and to the nation of Afghanistan will be honored by all who mourn the loss of such a great soldier.
McLochlin Tribute Slated Before Game  
August 25, 2006

The Rochester football team will dedicate their performance in tonight's game against Plymouth to former Zebra player and Plymouth police patrolman Jeff McLochlin.

A moment of silence will be observed prior to kickoff in McLochlin's memory.

McLochlin, a 1979 RHS grad, died in combat in Afghanistan July 5 while serving with the Indiana National Guard.

"With Jeff being a law officer in Plymouth, we thought it was an appropriate thing to do," RHS coach Mark Miller said. "There have been some classmates who have been in touch ... We'll meet after the coin toss and have a moment of silence."

Dave Hiatt, a classmate of McLochlin's, will read a statement about McLochlin. Cheerleaders will throw 100 T-shirts in the stands that will honor McLochlin. Additional T-shirts will be available for sale.

"It's important people don't forget Jeff and the sacrifices and the fact that he was a big part of the Plymouth and Rochester communities," Miller said.

The Fulton County Community Foundation has endowed the Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey A. McLochlin Memorial Fund, which will identify needs within the community and bestow grants based on those needs.

McLochlin's son, Darby, a junior, is a starting offensive and defensive lineman for the Zebras.

Tonight's game unites McLochlin's communities

Long before he was a National Guardsman serving his country in Afghanistan, Jeff McLochlin was a linebacker for the Rochester High School football team.

Before he returned to Afghanistan with the Guard, McLochlin, who died in combat July 5, was a patrolman with the Plymouth police department.

When the Plymouth and RHS football teams meet at 7 p.m. today, it will bring together the two towns with which the late McLochlin is most associated and the game which he most loved.

McLochlin graduated from RHS in 1979 and furthered his football career at Wabash College. His career was a tribute to effort and determination, according to Steve Coplen, the RHS head coach from 1975 to 1980 and an assistant on Mark Miller's staff today.

"As far as having the greatest amount of athleticism, he didn't," Steve Coplen said. "But he just made up for it with his intelligence and effort on the field."

Coplen can look and chuckle on McLochlin the person versus McLochlin the athlete.

"I'd almost say he had a split personality ... He was just as a teenager one of those kids who could converse with adults and be very level-headed," Coplen said. "He had a great sense of humor. He had fun with his classmates and teammates. Everyone in school liked him."

McLochlin the football player brought out a different aspect in his personality.

"Then, when you put him on the football field, he was super aggressive," Coplen said. "He was a clean player who played by the rules but played hard, as hard and as intense a competitor as I ever coached."

Suffering from a shoulder injury, McLochlin learned to play through pain in order to keep himself on the field.

"Jeff had a shoulder dislocation his senior year," Coplen said. "He was so intense and wanted to play and loved the game so much that we went to Purdue to learn how to tape that to keep it in. Most of his senior year for practices and games, he had his shoulder taped, and there were times even during game situations where we would have to take him back in during halftime and retape him because it would dislocate.

"He loved the game so much and was such a competitor that his pain tolerance must have been at the max."

Coplen said he couldn't necessarily say that he thought McLochlin would have a career in law enforcement or in the military.

"It was obvious he was a caring person and empathetic for everyone," Coplen said. "I would say it was certainly not a surprise that he chose to serve the people of this community and Plymouth and his country as well. He was just a loyal person to everything that was right."

Senate - July 18, 2006  


Mr. BAYH. Mr. President, I rise today with a heavy heart and deep sense of gratitude to honor the life of a brave soldier from northern Indiana. Jeffrey McLochlin, father of three, died on July 5 in small-arms fire in Orgun-E, Afghanistan. Jeffrey risked everything to fight for the values Americans hold close to our hearts, in a land halfway around the world.

A city police officer in Plymouth, Jeffrey had been a National Guardsman for 19 years. He was training Afghan soldiers in police tactics and was on patrol with coalition and Afghan forces when he was shot by antigovernment forces. Jeffrey was on his second tour of duty and had previously served his country in 2004 on a NATO peacekeeping mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina. A proud husband and father, he left behind his wife Nicholle and three children, Darby, 16, Connor, 8, and Kennedy, 5. Nicholle told a local paper, ``This man was amazing. There will never be another, that's for sure. Eighteen thousand miles away, and he called me daily when he could. He did everything he could to be a good father and a good husband.'' I stand here today to express my gratitude for Jeffrey's sacrifice and that of his family and loved ones.

Jeffrey was killed while serving his country in Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard, Marion, IN. In addition to his wife and children, this brave soldier leaves behind his parents, Rich and Cindy McLochlin of Rochester.

Today, I join Jeffrey's family and friends in mourning his death. While we struggle to bear our sorrow over this loss, we can also take pride in the example he set, bravely working at home and abroad to make the world a safer place. It is his courage and strength of character that people will remember when they think of Jeffrey, a memory that will burn brightly during these continuing days of conflict and grief.

Jeffrey was known for his dedication to his family and his love of country. Today and always, Jeffrey will be remembered by family members, friends, and fellow Hoosiers as a true American hero, and we honor the sacrifice he made while dutifully serving his country.

As I search for words to do justice in honoring Jeffrey's sacrifice, I am reminded of President Lincoln's remarks as he addressed the families of the fallen soldiers in Gettysburg: ``We cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.'' This statement is just as true today as it was nearly 150 years ago, as I am certain that the impact of Jeffrey's actions will live on far longer that any record of these words.

It is my sad duty to enter the name of Jeffrey McLochlin in the official record of the U.S. Senate for his service to this country and for his profound commitment to freedom, democracy, and peace. When I think about this just cause in which we are engaged and the unfortunate pain that comes with the loss of our heroes, I hope that families like Jeffrey's can find comfort in the words of the prophet Isaiah, who said, ``He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces.''

May God grant strength and peace to those who mourn, and may God be with all of you, as I know He is with Jeffrey.

gardez memorial  
Farewell to a fallen friend
Wisconsin troops honor soldier with memorial in Afghanistan
Posted: July 7, 2006
Gardez, Afghanistan - They were not 1st Sgt. Jeffery McLochlin's boots.

Troops in Afghanistan

Photo/Meg Jones

Wisconsin National Guard Sgt. Maj. Jeff Janke, a Clintonville native, polishes an M-4 rifle Friday in Gardez, Afghanistan, for a memorial to 1st Sgt. Jeffery A. McLochlin of Indiana, who was killed two days earlier.

Photo/Meg Jones

A soldier pays his respects Friday after a memorial service in Gardez, Afghanistan, for a slain Indiana soldier. 1st Sgt. Jeffery McLochlin was part of an embedded training team that includes Wisconsin National Guard troops.  The second picture is the "in memory" stickers that were derived from the original picture. Thje stickers were created by Officer John Weir.

Photo/Meg Jones

A soldier takes a photo of the fallen-comrade memorial dedicated to McLochlin. A memorial service included a final roll call and playing of taps.

Meg Jones
Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones is reporting on Wisconsin National Guard troops in Afghanistan, where she is with U.S. military units. She has previously traveled three times to Iraq as an embedded reporter to cover Wisconsin troops stationed there.
Video: Meg Jones' dispatches from Afghanistan

It was not his rifle.

Nor was it his helmet or dog tags.

But they were treated tenderly Friday morning by the men who knew and worked alongside McLochlin, as though the items belonged to their buddy - an Indiana National Guardsman - who was shot to death two days earlier in eastern Afghanistan.

Before a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Lightning, a soldier from McLochlin's unit walked up to the "fallen comrade memorial" set up in front of the flag poles where the American flag hung at half-staff. An M-4 rifle with a bayonet was stuck in a sandbag. In front of the rifle were the boots. A helmet was placed on top of the rifle.

"Is this his gear?" he asked.

No, it wasn't.

"All right then. Let's clean this (expletive) up and make it look nice."

The memorial was disassembled. A soldier used a small brush to whisk away the sand embedded in the helmet's cloth liner. Another bent over and brushed the boots, the dust quickly disappearing in the light breeze on this hot, cloudless day.

The soldier fiddled with the gun strap to make it hang just so. Then he carefully hung a set of dog tags from the trigger guard, the metal discs clinking together softly.

He stood back. "Yeah. That'll do."

It was the third memorial ceremony here at Forward Operating Base Lightning since Wisconsin National Guard troops arrived in early March. Wisconsin Lt. Col. John Loomer knew McLochlin, who, like Loomer, was a mentor to the Afghan National Army.

Loomer, who lives in Delavan, heard about McLochlin's death on Wednesday, a few hours after McLochlin was killed. Later that day, Loomer was sorting mail and noticed care packages addressed to McLochlin, who lived in the northern Indiana town of Rochester and had been a police officer in nearby Plymouth.

Before the ceremony began, Loomer walked up to the memorial and silently saluted.

"I said goodbye to him. I said my prayers when I first found out about it and asked the angels to take care of his family," said Loomer, who has three children, just as McLochlin did.

Loomer said he tries not to think about death even at times like this, when he's paying respects to someone he knew and who lost his life doing the same job in the same war zone.

"You're only immortal for a limited amount of time," Loomer said. "You don't think of this as my day to die because when you do think of it, your habits change."

Letters for families
Wisconsin Army National Guard Col. Dominic Cariello, who attended 16 memorial ceremonies while stationed at the air base in Kandahar, also was at Friday's observance at Forward Operating Base Lightning. He has written letters to the families of soldiers killed in action.

"It's heart-wrenching when you lose anybody. You ask the question, 'Why?' " said Cariello, who lives in Racine.

After a chaplain led the troops, including members of the Afghan National Army, in prayer and officers talked about McLochlin's bravery and sacrifice, it was time for the final roll call.

An officer called the names of McLochlin's fellow soldiers and they shouted, "Here, sir."

The officer then called out "1st Sgt. McLochlin."


"1st Sgt. Jeffery McLochlin."


"1st Sgt. Jeffery Allen McLochlin."


Then a bugler played taps.

Dudevoir '06 Salutes Fallen Brothers  
Howard W. Hewitt - Matt Dudevoir ’06 poked a little fun at himself in Thursday’s Chapel Talk. He admitted following the President and Dean was a daunting assignment.
“I’ve never heard of me either,” he opened. “Who better to follow such accomplished and intimidating men, than some guy who took six years to graduate from Wabash and still hasn’t moved out of Crawfordsville? Nice going, Sphinx Club.”
But the reason it took Dudevoir six years to graduate was because of his commitment to the National Guard. Duedvoir is on active duty as a Second Lieutenant in the 151st Long Range Surveillance branch. He is also working in a Guard development program trying to recruit new officers. He has served a tour of duty in Afghanistan
But after a few jabs at President Pat White regarding the works of Herman Melville, Dudevoir got to the gist of his comments on Sgt. Jeremy Wright ’96, and Sergeant Major Jeffrey McLochlin '81 Both were killed in Afghanistan.
“Wright and McLochlin were extraordinary men, for even in such elite company as the Green Berets or the Army Rangers, they were held in awe by their peers,” Dudevoir said. “They were giants among giants, but before any of this they were Little Giants. It is telling, I think, that at the Wabash College alumni run this fall, Jeremy Wright’s family returned to Wabash to see his friends run together. Likewise, when I met the McLochlin family and told them that I was a Wabash man, his sister’s eyes welled up with tears. ‘The happiest days of my life,’ she told me, ‘Were when I would watch Jeff play football at Wabash. Do they still say ‘DePauw to Hell, we’ve got the Bell?’ ”
He held up the two fallen soldiers as examples of Wabash Always Fights and challenged the students to be like their Wabash brothers.
“A soldier does not subject his body to the abuses of Ranger School in order to wear a little strip of cloth, anymore than an athlete pushes his body to its limits day after day just to earn a varsity letter or a championship ring, nor anymore than a Wabash student pledges the Sphinx Club and endures a semester of hazing just to wear a little white hat, or how a young man volunteers to attend an all-male institution and work like a dog for four years just to earn a diploma. We might think we challenge ourselves in order to earn these trifling emblems of accomplishment, but I am certain that it is something far greater and more insatiable that drives us to push ourselves time after time.”
Dudevoir challenged the young men to do great things because they know that they can and because they’d let themselves down if they did not. “You will pursue this quest tirelessly to the end of your days, for your work is never done, but its pursuit will be its own reward. Wabash Always Fights, and so shall each of you Little Giants. Those who choose this sort of life are truly Giants, even among their own kind, for their accomplishments carry the rest of us along with them to newer and greater places. This is the legacy of Sgt Wright and SGM McLochlin, but theirs is not a legacy for soldiers alone, nor is the military the sole arena whereby Wabash men may achieve greatness.”

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