Chaplain Cory Van Sloten
Chaplain (Maj.) Cory Van Sloten, a third-generation Veteran, currently serves as Brigade Chaplain for the Ryder Brigade, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard. He has served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 29 years; previously as an Infantryman, a Motor Transport Operator, and a Chaplain Candidate. Cory deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2004-2005 as a Motor Transport Operator in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism and to Kosovo in 2020-2021 as the KFOR (Kosovo Force) Regional Command East Chaplain in support of NATO Operation Joint Enterprise and U.S. Operation Joint Guardian.
A native of Ireton, Iowa, Cory resides in Maurice, Iowa with his wife Arla and their Yellow Labrador Retriever, Hank. They have four adult children, three single sons and a married daughter; and one grandchild, a boy. Cory is ordained as a Minister of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church in North America and endorsed as a chaplain by the CRCNA’s Chaplaincy and Care Ministry. In his civilian vocation, he serves as Support Coordinator for Army Survivor Outreach Services in Western Iowa. He also serves voluntarily as Chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6129 of Sioux Center, Iowa; as Chaplain of the 34th Infantry Division Association; and as Vice President of Midwest Honor Flight.
Chaplain (Maj.) Van Sloten's military awards include: the Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters); the National Defense Service Medal (1 Bronze Star); the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the Iraq Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star); the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device (2nd Award, Silver Hourglass); the Army Service Ribbon; the Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award); the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon; the NATO Non-Article 5 Medal (Balkans); the Iowa National Guard Humanitarian Service Ribbon; the Iowa National Guard State Service Ribbon (4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters); the Driver and Mechanic Badge; and the Combat Action Badge.