Deputy Commander, Brigadier General Benjamin Corell, completed his tour to HQ MND-SE

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BUCHAREST, Romania – Emotional Farewell Ceremony for Deputy Commander of Headquarters Multinational Division South-East (HQ MND-SE), Brigadier General Benjamin Corell, who completed his tour at the HQ.

“It was a true privilege and an honor to be here at MND-SE. I am very proud of the effort we all came through”, said BG Corell in his farewell speech. Deputy Commander confessed that his appointment to HQ MND-SE in Bucharest, Romania, was “once in a life time opportunity” and that his job in this very new NATO forces structure was not easy, but full of challenges. In the end of his speech, Brigadier General Benjamin Corell had a message for all HQ personnel: “I challenge you, everybody of you, to continue your hard work to full capability of this strategic Headquarters with strategic values”.   

During the ceremony, organized in HQ MND-SE barracks, Deputy Commander was awarded with the “General Staff Emblem of Honor”, as a sign of deepest appreciation and gratitude. The award was presented, on behalf of Romanian Ministry of Defence, by Deputy Chief of Defence for Operations, Brigadier General Vasile Toader. As a sign of appreciation of his invaluable professionalism, his commitment, devotion and contribution to the HQ activities, BG Corell was awarded with MND-SE Certificate of Appreciation, presented by HQ commander, BG Daniel Petrescu.  

BG Corell has commanded at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade level and he has been deployed five times. He was in command of the 1-133rd Infantry Battalion as they conducted sixteen months of combat operations in Iraq. BG Corell commanded the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard, during which time he deployed the 2/34th IBCT to Afghanistan conducting combat operations.

In June 2016, BG Corell was assigned as the Deputy Commander for NATO’s Multinational Division South-East, Bucharest, Romania. Starting this fall, he will assume a new position in his native state of Iowa: Deputy Adjutant General of the Army Iowa National Guard.