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34th Infantry Division Red Bulls promote Col. Corell to Deputy Command General

Minnesota National Guard 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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