ANNAPOLIS, MD– Governor Larry Hogan today recognized the Maryland National Guard’s first-ever all-female command staff. This is a first for Maryland as well as a first for the nation – or what the military calls the “54” – including every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.


“Our administration is incredibly proud of Maj. Gen. Singh and the highly qualified team she has assembled,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This is a tremendous achievement for the Maryland National Guard and the State of Maryland.”

“We have worked hard over the last four years to diversify our leadership team,” said Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, adjutant general of Maryland. “We’ve really wanted the team to be more reflective of the organization itself and the community.”

Maj. Gen. Singh is the Adjutant General for the Maryland National Guard. Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead is the Commander of the Maryland Army National Guard and Brig. Gen. April Vogel is the Assistant Adjutant General for Air. Command Sgt. Maj. Perlisa Wilson is the Senior Enlisted Leader.


The Maryland National Guard is made up of Army National Guard and Air National Guard units, which fall under the Joint Force Headquarters. From the roots of the National Guard in the Maryland militia of 1634 to today, Maryland is consistently leading the way when it comes to innovation, diversity, and vision.