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Honor for the first woman and first African American to lead the Maryland National Guard

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today led the dedication ceremony for the Major General Linda L. Singh Readiness Center in Carroll County. In 2015, the governor named General Singh as the first woman and first African American to lead the Maryland National Guard.


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“Just as General Singh made history when I named her the first woman and first African American to lead the Maryland National Guard, today we see her once again make history as that we add lasting tribute to his legacy of distinguished service to our state and our nation,” Governor Hogan said. “I can truly say that it has been an honor to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the Maryland National Guard , one of America’s finest military organizations. And I just want to express how proud I am – how proud we all are – of each of the men and women of the Maryland National Guard. This is especially true today as we celebrate General Linda Singh and the values ​​she stood for throughout her life: hard work, determination and character.

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Last October, Governor unveiled the portrait honoring General Singh and announced that he would present a proposal at the next meeting of the Public Works Board, where he past unanimously – to officially rename the Maryland National Guard Freedom Readiness Center to Major General Linda L. Singh Readiness Center.

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General Singh retired in September 2019 after 38 years of service in the enlisted and officer ranks, which included deployed assignments in Kosovo and a combat tour in Afghanistan. His many decorations and honors include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Medal of Honor.

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