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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
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Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.
"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.
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"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."
There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.
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"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."
Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.
"It was a lot of work and lessons learned, but it was awesome seeing the completed product," said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Reiten, readiness non-commissioned officer for C Co., 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.