Iowa National Guard Leader Returns From Trip To Kosovo

Johnston, Iowa — Top leaders in the Iowa National Guard are back in the state after a trip to Kosovo where they toured several cities and observed military training.

Adjutant General Ben Corell says it continues a ten-year sharing agreement between the two countries.

Corell took over leadership of the Iowa Guard when Major General Tim Orr retired, and Correll credits him with getting the relationship going. He says it isn’t a one-way experience.

General Corell had previously had a NATO assignment in Romania, where he says he learned about building interoperability between militaries.

He says the current situation in Europe shows how important such relationships are.

The Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Wing in Des Moines, Iowa, also conducted a large joint medical exercise with the KSF, culminating a five-year training cycle that included multiple bilateral training events. General Corell says that is one of the things beyond basic military operations they can help Kosovo with.

He says it is taking care of the people of Kosovo as we are taking care of the citizens of Iowa and the United States. The trip followed a recent visit from KSF leadership to the US where they had the opportunity to tour Camp Dodge facilities, observe a joint cyber competition at Iowa State University, and recognize Iowa Army National Guard and KSF troops during joint maneuver training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

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