Courtney P. “Corey” Carr, adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, was promoted to the rank of major general by Gov. Mike Pence during a ceremony Monday at the Statehouse.
Also attending were retired Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger and Carr’s sister, Kellene Chapman.
Carr, who will lead the more than 14,000 Hoosier Guardsmen, civilian employees and volunteers, took the reins of the Indiana National Guard from Umbarger during a ceremony in Indianapolis on Saturday. Carr had been a brigadier general.
Carr, a Columbus resident and the former president of the Columbus Economic Development Board, is the 58th Indiana National Guard adjutant general. Pence, a Columbus native, is the Indiana National Guard commander in chief.
“Your willingness to step forward and follow who you describe as your mentor and someone you admire means a great deal to me personally as governor,” Pence said to Carr and his family and friends during the brief ceremony.
The Indiana National Guard has units in 51 of Indiana’s 92 counties.