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NEIA Native to retire from National Guard’s top post

The Iowa National Guard’s top general is set to retire in the coming weeks.

Strawberry Point native Maj. Gen. Benjamin Corell has served as the adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard since August 2019, overseeing the guard during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Corell was born in Manchester and raised in Strawberry Point and a 1979 graduate of Starmont High School. He is a 37-year member of the Iowa National Guard, where he first enlisted in 1986 and received his officer’s commission in 1989.

Corell said Wednesday that he asked Governor Reynolds if he could retire because he wants to spend more time with his wife and his grandchildren.

Corell’s retirement will be effective March 1st.


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