It is with deepest sympathy that I announce the death of Sergeant Dennis Lee Sellen Jr., age 20, on 11 February 2007 in Camp Bucca, Iraq. Sergeant Sellen is survived by his mother, Sylvia Sellen, and sister, Farah Barnwell.
Sergeant Sellen enlisted in the Alabama Army National Guard as an Indirect Fire Infantryman on November 11, 2003, for a six-year enlistment. On 8 March 2006, he transferred to Company A, 3rd Battalion 160th Infantry, California Army National Guard, as an Infantryman. On 22 May 2006, Sergeant Sellen transferred to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (-), 1st Battalion 185th Infantry as a Trauma Specialist and on 12 June 2006, he transferred to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion 185th Infantry Rear Detachment as an Intelligence Analyst. On 24 June 2006, Sergeant Sellen was ordered to active duty as an Indirect Fire Infantryman and deployed under ISO Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (-), 1st Battalion 185th Infantry. On 27 June 2006, the unit went to Camp Shelby, Mississippi and in September 2006 they deployed to Iraq. Sergeant Sellen’s unit was tasked to support the 16th Military Police Brigade from Fort Bragg, North Carolina by providing convoy security throughout Iraq. He was posthumously promoted to Sergeant on 11 February 2007.
Sergeant Sellen, nicknamed “El Coyote” by his grandmother, because he was really hard to catch and was always on the move, attended the Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama and later enrolled in the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. He was an avid music lover and had a passion for the military. Sergeant Sellen came from a family of military service; his father, Dennis Sellen, Sr., served in the California Air National Guard. Sergeant Sellen’s awards include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.n, Alabama