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Sen. Ernst retires from Iowa National Guard

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -
United States Senator Joni Ernst is retiring from the Iowa National Guard after 23 years of service.
Senator Ernst officially retired as a Lieutenant Colonel on November 30.
“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,” said Senator Ernst.
Ernst has experience serving overseas; in 2003, she served as a company commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
Her unit ran convoys through Kuwait and into southern Iraq.
Ernst was elected to the United States Senate in 2014; she is Iowa's first female Senator. 
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