Indiana Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey A. McLochlin, 45, Rochester, Indiana
Sergeant Major McLochlin, a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 152nd Infantry, Marion, Ind., was killed Wednesday, July 5, 2006, as a result of small arms fire while conducting combat patrols in Orgun E, Afghanistan.
When informed of the death, Governor Mitch Daniels expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Sgt. Maj. McLochlin's family for the Guardsman's service and sacrifice. "I am very saddened to hear the news of Sgt. Maj. McLochlin's death," Daniels said. "However, I can also say that I am proud of soldiers like him who 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 their lives on the line in the name of freedom."
Major General R. Martin Umbarger, the Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard said,
"I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Sgt. Maj. McLochlin. A veteran of Operation Just Cause, Sgt. Maj. McLochlin continued to demonstrate his patriotism and dedication to our nation's defense through his service in the National Guard. During his final deployment, Sgt. Maj. McLochlin was instrumental in the protection and growth of the 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."