Brigadier General Benjamin CORELL

Brigadier General Benjamin CORELL was born on 15 September 1961 in Manchester and raised in Strawberry Point, Iowa. He graduated from Starmont High School in 1979 and enlisted in the Iowa Army Guard in January 1986. After attending basic training and advanced individual training at the Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned as an M-60 machine gunner with Company B, 1-133rd Infantry Battalion, Iowa Army National Guard in Oelwein, Iowa.  He attained the enlisted rank of Sergeant prior to receiving his officer’s commission through the Iowa Military Academy’s Officer Candidate School at Camp Dodge on March 9th, 1989.

BG CORELL has commanded at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade level. He was in command of the 1-133rd Infantry Battalion as they conducted sixteen months of combat operations in Al Anbar Province 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 as a Battle Space owner in Regional Command-East.

In December 2013 BG CORELL was assigned as Deputy Commanding General (Manoeuvre) for the 34th Infantry Division, Rosemount, Minnesota. In June 2016, BG CORELL was assigned as the Deputy Commander for NATO’s Multinational Division South-East, Bucharest, Romania.

BG CORELL received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa in 1995. He received a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 2009.

His military schools include: the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Infantry Company Northern Warfare Winter Course, Combined Arms Staff and Services School, Iraq and Afghanistan Counter Insurgency Courses, Command and General Staff College, Combat Lifesaver Course, the U.S. Army War College, Joint Task Force Commanders Course and the Dual Status Commanders Course.

BG CORELL’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 silver and 1 bronze oak leaf), National Defense Service Medal (with bronze service star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two service stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (with two service stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass Device), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, NATO Medal (ISAF), Multinational Force and Observers Medal, Iowa Commendation Medal (with bronze oak leaf), Iowa Humanitarian Service Medal, Iowa Leadership Ribbon (with bronze torch), Iowa State Service Ribbon (with 1 silver oak leaf), Meritorious Unit Commendation (with 1 oak leaf), the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

BG CORELL and his wife Beth have three grown sons: Wade, Travis, and Tyler.