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34th Infantry Division Red Bulls promote Col. Corell to Deputy Command General
In a ceremony on July 3, 2013, Col Benjamin J Corell was promoted to the rank of Brig Gen at the Rosemount Minn armory, headquarters of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Corell was assigned as the Deputy Commander (Support), 34th Infantry Division, Minn Army National Guard, Rosemount, Minn on September 7th 2012 , where he will continue to serve
The rich history of the ceremony was confluent with the eve of our nation's independence day and the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg During the formalities, Corell's family each partook in the time-honored traditions that come with receiving this prestigious rank His wife Beth, along with Maj Gen David Elicerio, the 34th Infantry Division commander, placed his new shoulder boards on his uniform His three sons, all non-commissioned officers in the 34th Infantry Division, presented the customary one-star flag, belt and pistol
Elicerio delivered a heartfelt message to the audience expressing his personal confidence in Correl "He is a man I would want on my left or my right, in my foxhole, or should it come to it, leading my children in combat," said Elicerio
Corell knew as a young child he was going to join the military In his remarks during the ceremony he reflected back to the days his father brought him to the local Veterans of Foreign War post in Strawberry Point, Iowa There he saw men and women who had served during World War II He decided then to hold himself to the same values and standards they lived by Corell's own experience as a Soldier, husband and father speaks volumes as to the type of Service members the National Guard recruits and retains His steadfast character is the same example of the high reverence that he held for those who served before him
"This promotion isn't so much about what I've done, but about what I'm going to do and what the expectations are I see a responsibility that I have with this promotion and assignment It is to shape this organization as a collective and to pull each individual up to their highest potential," said Correl
July 3, 2013
Story and photos by Staff Sgt Paul Santikko
Minnesota National Guard
Posted: 2017-03-24 10:19 AM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - Every spring Camp Ripley begins its annual controlled burn program to help reduce the risk of wildfire during training.
"Usually the burns are completed every spring before the summer annual training season begins," said Tim Notch, training area coordinator on Camp Ripley. "However, the warmer weather conditions provide a nice opportunity for preventative burns earlier this season."
As in years past Camp Ripley will conduct controlled burns on approximately 13,000 acres of the 53,000-acre military reservation. The burns are done in coordination with the staffs of the Camp Ripley Department of Public Works and the Camp Ripley Environmental Department along with support from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: 2017-03-23 09:46 AM DULUTH, Minn. - Pfc. Trevor Nelson received the Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Ribbon and a Minnesota Recruiting and Retention Battalion medallion for excellence from Command Sgt. Maj. Curtis Serbus, March 18, 2017, at the Duluth Armory. Nelson earned these awards as part of the online referral system, Leads 2 Enlistment for referring four friends who have joined the Minnesota National Guard.
"I talked to some buddies in my school about the Guard. They liked the benefits, so I put their info in the app and let my recruiter take over." said Nelson. "I thought it would be fun to serve with friends and help them figure out their path in life."
Nelson is currently a senior at Cloquet Senior High School and assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program in Duluth. He attended basic training at Fort Benning in the summer of 2016 with follow-on training in the summer of 2017 to become an infantryman.
Posted: 2017-03-10 08:50 AM LITCHFIELD, Minn. -Bruce Cottington, a Navy veteran of WWII and Korea, donated a bronze bust of Gen. John W. Vessey, Jr. to the Litchfield National Guard unit during the armory's public open house event March 4. Cottington, a Litchfield resident, commands the Minnesota Chapter of the Veterans of Underage Military Service. VUMS members enlisted in the military prior to the minimum age requirement in order to serve their country during WWII. Cottington received the bust from Vessey, a fellow VUMS member. Both enlisted in the military at the age of 16.
The highlight of the 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion open house was the unveiling of the sculpture. The unit was very supportive when Cottington proposed donating the sculpture. The Litchfield community has always been very supportive of the National Guard over the years, so the open house was a chance to say 'thanks' to their neighbors. "This was a great opportunity to honor Bruce and to honor Gen. Vessey," said B Co., 334th Brigade Engineer Battalion Commander, Capt. Seth Goreham. Bravo Company also has a tight relationship with the local American Legion and VFW. Many Litchfield citizens are former members of Bravo Company, or the unit's predecessors A Co, 682nd Engineer Battalion, and the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company.
Posted: 2017-03-08 03:29 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The garrison command team of Camp Ripley, family, friends and colleagues from the Minnesota National Guard attended a Change of Responsibility ceremony between Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Worden and Command Sgt. Maj. Matt Erickson, March 5, 2017, at Camp Ripley.
The ceremony was an official "passing of the sword" from one senior noncommissioned officer to the next and assumption of the duties and responsibilities that go along with the position of Garrison Command Sergeant Major.
As with many military ceremonies those in attendance welcomed Erickson as a new member of the team and bid farewell, recognized and thanked Worden for his service.