Maj. Gen. Linda Singh Honored In Md.

The Maryland National Guard Freedom Readiness Center will get a new name, under a proposal to be introduced by Governor Larry Hogan to the Board of Public Works.

Hogan said over the weekend that he will seek to name the Sykesville facility in recognition of Major General Linda Singh, the first African-American and the first woman to lead the Maryland National Guard.

General Singh’s 38 years of service included assignments in Kosovo and a combat tour in Afghanistan. She retired in September 2019. General Singh is also on the Maryland Coronavirus Response Team and continues to advise state officials on emergency response and preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“General Singh’s incredible life story and her amazing career have served as an inspiration, not only for the next generation of National Guard soldiers and airmen, but for young women everywhere,” Hogan said as a portrait of General Singh was unveiled. “She is a shining example that there is no amount of adversity that cannot be overcome through sheer hard work, relentless determination, and strength of character.”