Singh to command Md. Army National Guard

Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Brig. Gen. Linda Singh to head the Maryland Army National Guard.

Singh, currently director of the Maryland National Guard's joint staff, will be the first woman and the first African-American to command the Army branch. She succeeds Brig. Gen. Peter Hinz, who is scheduled to retire on Sept. 30.

O'Malley called Singh "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."

Singh spent a year in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012 as chief, current operations, Afghan National Security Forces with the 29th Infantry Division Headquarters. She served in Kosovo in 2006 and 2007 as assistant chief of staff for logistics with the 29th Infantry Division.

Singh served as an enlisted soldier for 11 years before earning her commission in 1991 through the Maryland Army National Guard Officer Candidate School. She has served in every level of command from the company through regimental levels.

Her military awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters.

Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, the commander of the Maryland National Guard, thanked Hinz for "his years of dedicated service" to the guard.

"He will be passing the torch to another superb commander in Gen. Singh," Adkins said.

In June, when Singh was promoted from colonel to brigadier general, Adkins said she "commands the respect of her colleagues and those who have served and continue to serve under her."

In her civilian career, Singh is a managing director with Accenture Federal Services, a consulting firm based in Arlington, Va.

Singh is the second woman and the second African-American to command a branch of the Maryland National Guard. Brig. Gen. Allyson R. Solomon, the commander of the Maryland Air National Guard, was the first on both counts.

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