JOHNSTON, Iowa — Six years after making Iowa history as the first female senior enlisted leader for the Iowa National Guard, Command Sgt. Maj. Rachel Fails has retired.
At a ceremony Sunday, Command Sgt. Maj. Fails handed over her responsibility as the state’s senior non-commissioned officer.
Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Hjelmstad will take her place.
Fails served in the Iowa National Guard since 1986.