Chief of Staff - Michigan Army National Guard

COL Mark Tellier

Colonel Mark E. Tellier is the Chief of Staff, Michigan Army National Guard overseeing the command, control, and operations of plans and programs affecting more than 8,000 Soldiers and Officers.  The broad range of responsibilities include ensuring combat readiness and mission capability of four major subordinate commands, capacity building of installations and facilities, support services and logistical operations, all to achieve combat-trained personnel who fight and win this nation’s wars and protect the homeland.

Tellier began his military career May 25, 1988 when he enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard. He graduated from the Federal Officer Candidate School program at Fort Benning, Georgia and commissioned August 16, 1991 as an Infantry Second Lieutenant. 

His assignments include positions of increasing responsibility at Platoon, Company, Battalion and Brigade command and staff levels, to include aide-de-camp to the Assistant Division Commander for the 38th Infantry Division, Indiana.  Multiple non-traditional assignments in support of operations, logistics, and personnel functional areas.  In 2012, Tellier served a one year tour in Afghanistan as the 126th Cavalry Squadron Commander in support of Afghan National Security Forces and Special Operations Command.  His last assignment was Director, Michigan National Guard Information Management that provided network operations and developed premier leaders in cyber operations.

His awards include: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Michigan Legion of Merit and the National Defense Service Medal, Army Reserve Component Medal, Global War on Terrorism –Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and numerous state awards.