Vanguard retiring: Joni Ernst Retires

Published: December 2, 2015

Vanguard retiring: Joni Ernst Retires, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) announced that she has retired from the Iowa Army National Guard after more than 23 years of military service. Lieutenant Colonel Ernst officially retired on November 30, 2015.

Earlier this year, Senator Ernst discussed that her continued service in the Iowa National Guard would be transitory, stressing the importance of her new responsibilities as Iowa’s Senator and time with her family.

“It has truly been one of my greatest honors to serve our great state and nation alongside some of our finest men and women in uniform,” said Senator Ernst. “The decision to hang up my uniform after more than two decades in the military is not one I have made lightly and has been incredibly difficult. However, this decision provides me with a greater opportunity to continue meeting with, hearing from and serving Iowans in my capacity as a United States Senator, as well as spending more time with my family. I am forever grateful to all those who continue to serve in uniform for their selfless sacrifice and commitment to defending our nation and protecting our liberties.”

Senator Joni Ernst served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard and has proudly served in the military for over 23 years. In 2003, she served as company commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom where her unit was tasked with running convoys through Kuwait and into southern Iraq. Senator Ernst and her husband, a retired Army Ranger, reside in southwest Iowa where she will continue to serve her state and nation in the U.S. Senate.


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