Brig. Gen. Linda Singh to command Md. Army National Guard, breaking two barriers

Brig. Gen. Linda Singh. (Photo: Maryland National Guard Public Affairs Office)

BALTIMORE (AP/WJLA) - The Maryland Army National Guard is getting a new commander, who will be the first female and the first African American in the post.

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Thursday that Brig. Gen. Linda Singh will serve as the Maryland Army National Guard's next assistant adjutant general, replacing Brig. Gen. Peter Hinz, who retires in September.

"I am honored to appoint Brig. Gen. Singh as the assistant adjutant general-Army," said O'Malley. "She is an extremely effective leader with the drive to take the Maryland Army National Guard to new heights and keep the organization among the best in the nation."

"I want to thank Gen. Hinz for his years of dedicated service to the Maryland National Guard," said Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, adjutant general of Maryland. "He will be passing the torch to another superb commander in Gen. Singh."

Singh, who currently serves as director of the Maryland National Guard joint staff, recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan and served in Kosovo in 2006 and 2007. She was an enlisted soldier for 11 years. Her military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal.

In civilian life Singh is a managing director with Accenture Federal Services in the public safety portfolio.

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