Senior Master Sergeant Regina Tell honored at military retirement ceremony

Senior Master Sergeant Regina Tell

On Friday, Sept. 22, a Defense Information Systems Agency Retirement Ceremony was held for Senior Master Sergeant Regina Tell. Chief Master Sergeant Francenia Reed-McKnight, USAF, a Buffalo, New York native, was the guest speaker. Lieutenant Colonel Marie McElroy, USAF hosted the ceremony. The event also included the Presentation of the Colors by the Joint Base Andrews Honor Guard, the National Anthem, an Invocation by Mr. James Gross, the Presentation of Award, Retirement Recognition, remarks by Senior Master Sergeant Tell, USAF Retired, a Flag Folding Presentation by the Joint Base Andrews Honor Guard, the Air Force Song and a Receiving Line.

Senior Master Sergeant Regina Tell served as the Superintendent, Joint Reserve Section at Headquarters Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. In her role as Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisor, she was the primary advisor to the Director, Vice Director and Mobilization Augmentee on personnel matters for Joint Forces across 25 states and seven countries, supporting 253 members. Sergeant Tell oversaw Joint Reserve matters for multiple Reserve units and 65 Army and Air Force IMAs in support of DISA’s worldwide mission.

Sergeant Tell is a Dunkirk, New York native who honorably served in the United States Army from 1992 to 1998. She attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. After separating from the Army, she moved back to New York where she attended and graduated from nursing school. Working as a Licensed Practical Nurse, she found her niche in Geriatrics. She quickly advanced from working in a nursing home setting to working alongside Physical and Occupational Therapists providing rehabilitative support for aging patients.

In the summer of 2002, she decided to enlist into the United States Air Force. She was first assigned to the 914 Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls, ARS in New York where she worked full-time as an Air Reserve Technician (ART) directly supporting the Airlift and Maintenance Squadrons, and the Wing for over seven years. Sergeant Tell was selected to work in the Active Guard Reserve Program, assigned to the Readiness Management Group from July 2011 until February 2014. She assumed the position as the Base Individual Mobilization Augmentee Administrator (BIMAA); responsible for the overall management of the three largest Air Education and Training Command (AETC) basses; managing Base level and Centrally Managed Individual Reservist.

During her military career she was awarded Airman of the Half in 2006, “Sharp Airman Award” in June 2011, and two-time recipient of the Command Chief’s coin while assigned to the 914 Airlift Wing. In 2010 she voluntarily deployed to the Area of Responsibility (AOR) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. During her deployments, she was awarded the Postal Excellence Award for outstanding service and support at the deployed location. Lastly, while assigned to Maxwell AFB AL, SMSgt. Tell received letters of appreciation from the Montgomery Public School Superintendent and the Chamber of Commerce for her selfless volunteer and community work. There she volunteered to aid a Special Olympics state-wide event, she organized a Base Family Readiness event to support the 2013 Montgomery Public School Clean-up Project, and she was an active member of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department “Citizen Academy;” volunteering hours to bolster military and local civilian relations.

SMSgt. Tell is a graduate of the Community College of the Air Force where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science Human Resource Management. She also received a nursing degree from Trocaire College in 2004, and is on schedule to graduate in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management.

She is the daughter of the late Willie Tell and Betty Tell of Dunkirk.