CEDAR RAPIDS — Manchester native Brig. Gen. Benjamin Corell is slated to become deputy adjutant general of the Iowa Army National Guard.
Corell, 55, who enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in 1986, will succeed Brig. Gen. Steven W. Altman, who is retiring Sept. 1 after 38 years of service.
Corell, who grew up in the Strawberry Point area, received his officer’s commission from the Iowa Military Academy’s Officer Candidate School in March 1989.
He has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade level, and most recently commanded the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard, from June 2010 to June 2012 during which time he deployed this unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Corell was assigned as the deputy commanding general-support for the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division in September 2012 and later served as the deputy commanding general-maneuver for the 34th Infantry Division. His is currently completing an active duty tour as the deputy commander, NATO Multinational Division Southeast, in Bucharest, Romania.
Corell earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Upper Iowa University in Fayette and his master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Corell has earned numerous military awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster and Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
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At the time of his promotion to brigadier general in 2013, Corell said he had known since his dad took him to visit World War II veterans at the Veterans of Foreign War post in Strawberry Point, that he would serve in the military. He wanted to live by the same values and standards that he admired in those vets.
Corell and his wife, Beth, have three sons. Two of his sons serve in the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, Iowa Army National Guard, and the third son serves in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the Iowa Army National Guard.
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