Brigadier General Peter L. Corey received his commission in May 1983 through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of New Hampshire. After receiving his commission he served on active duty for six years. While on active duty he was assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Bamberg, Germany; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From 1995 through 2011, he served as an Active Guard Reserve Officer with the New Hampshire Army National Guard in a multitude of assignments. He commanded units at all levels and served in staff positions at battalion, brigade, and above. As Commander, Joint Task Force Granite, he was responsible for New Hampshire’s response to Hurricane Katrina Relief Operations in Louisiana. In 2006 General Corey mobilized as the Senior US Military Officer in support of the United Nations Peace-keeping mission in Monrovia, Liberia. After a brief return to NH, General Corey deployed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia again as the Senior US Military Officer in support of a UN Peacekeeping mission. He assumed command of the 197th Fires Brigade in January of 2008. On September 11, 2010, he deployed to Kuwait as Commander of the 197th Fires Brigade with the largest contingent of New Hampshire Soldiers deployed since WWII. In September 2011 General Corey became the Director, Joint Staff of the New Hampshire National Guard. He was responsible for the supervision and management of the Joint Staff with special emphasis on Homeland Defense/Homeland Security, the State Partnership Program, and Service Member and Family Services. General Corey served as The Adjutant General’s primary staff officer for all matters related to Domestic Support Operations and coordinated with State and Federal agencies accordingly. Brigadier General Corey also served in a dual-hat assignment starting in October 2012. He served as Deputy Commanding General for US Army Africa. In this role General Corey annually planned and directed two multi-national exercises in Africa. He also executed Senior Leader Engagements and participated in other activities with US State Department and African leadership on the continent of Africa. In September 2014 General Corey deployed with US Army Africa to Monrovia, Liberia in Support of Operation United Assistance, the US military response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He retired effective 1 October 2015, after more than 30 years of distinguished military service.
General Corey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from UNH. Later, he received a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. In addition, he also attended the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and he earned a Master of Science, Strategic Studies.
General Corey’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, The Armed Forces Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the United Nations Medal (with 1 Bronze Star), and the Parachutist and Air Assault Badges. His foreign awards include the National Order of Valor from Cameroon and the Distinguished Service Medal from El Salvador.
For outstanding leadership and service to the United States Army and the New Hampshire National Guard, Brigadier General Peter L. Corey is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.