Maryland National Guard
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The 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, the aviation brigade for the 29th Infantry Division, is the major aviation command of the Maryland Army National Guard
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Have a safe and happy #IndependenceDay 🇺🇲
On June 7th, Col. Mark Beckler took his last flight as the commander for the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade and on June 9th, he relinquished command to Col. Richard Ferguson. On behalf of the 29th CAB, thank you Col. Beckler for all that you have done and good luck on your future endeavors!
We would also like to welcome Col. Ferguson to the 29th CAB. We are excited to have you and we can't wait to get started!
To our brothers and sisters in arms:
Your sacrifices will never be forgotten, rest in peace.
#MemorialDay #HonorThem #ServeWithHonor
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The Maryland Military Department will host the 14th Annual Unity Day Celebration on Friday, April 12th at the 5th Regiment Armory. The event commemorates and celebrates diversity within the Maryland Military Department. Unity Day is designed to enhance cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony amongst all our members.
MAJ Terhune was recently promoted from CAPT to MAJ.
MAJ Terhune has served as the 29th CAB Brigade Judge Advocate since April 2016. He deployed with the 29th CAB to Kuwait/Iraq in 2017 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve/Operation Spartan Shield. He has been in the MDARNG as a Judge Advocate since 2012. As a civilian, he is an attorney for the US Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel where he provides advice to Naval Air Systems Command at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in contracts and acquisitions.
Congrats on your promotion and thank you for all that you do for the 29th CAB!
Today, the #USArmy recognizes the more than 2.7 million men and women who served during the Vietnam War.
Video by Spc. Joshua Hugley
Happy International Women’s Day! We appreciate all women who serve in our great Army.
Women have served the United States Army since the Revolutionary War. Today, women serve in every career field in the Army, and are critical members of the team, representing the Army's highest values.
Join us in saluting them during #WomensHistoryMonth.
Learn more at: https://go.usa.gov/xnE2p
Video by Spc. Josh Hugley
The women of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters Engineers are inspiring a new generation of leaders by aiming higher and achieving more. Find out what you can achieve in the Army. #WomensHistoryMonth
Today we mourn not just a hero, but a legend.
The oldest American World War II Veteran, Richard Arvin Overton, died at the age of 112 Thursday afternoon.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Overton family. He was a hero to us all and his legacy will continue throughout the Army’s ranks.
May you rest in peace Sir.
Maryland National Guard
Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, the adjutant general of Maryland, and Command Sgt. Maj. Perlisa Wilson, the senior enlisted leader, wish a safe and merry holiday season to the members of the Maryland Military Department and their families.
Colonel Charles Schulze has retired from the Maryland Army National Guard after 41 years of honorable and faithful service. Over the course of his long career, he has been assigned to several units but the 29th CAB is his most recent.
He deployed with the 29th CAB in 2017 to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve.
Thank you and your family for your service and commitment to the Maryland Army National Guard. Colonel Schulze, you will be truly missed.
SSG Mark Yocum has retired from the Maryland Army National Guard after 22 years of honorable service. He was a great asset to the S6 section in the 29th CAB. He will be greatly missed by all. Thank you and you family for your service and commitment.
SFC Tyrone McGlotten has retired from the Maryland Army National Guard after 32 years of honorable service. He was a major part of the S6 section in the 29th CAB. He will be truly missed by all. Thank you and your family for your service and commitment.
Happy Birthday to the National Guard!
On this date in 1636, the first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts. Therefore, today marks the beginning of the organized militia, and the birth of the National Guard. #Guard382
Video by Spc. Eric Pargeon
Today, we remember all of those who lost their lives on this day 77 years ago. #PearlHarborDay
Video by Travis Burcham, Defense Media Activity
2018 marks 100 years of America’s First Division and their part in ending the first Great War. To commemorate its legacy, Army West Point Athletics designed the new West Point - The U.S. Military Academy #ArmyNavyGame uniforms to honor 1st Infantry Division. #GoArmy #BeatNavy
If interested, members of the Maryland National Guard can take advantage of this winter break activity program.
Here is a fun activiy for the winter break. It is geared towards ages 6-12. Make sure to register for a kit now and will be mailed mid December.
Rest in peace, Soldier.
Comic book creator Stan Lee has passed away at the age of 95. Lee served in the #USArmy Signal Corps during WWII from 1942-1945. We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, conducted a Change of Command Ceremony on Saturday, with Capt. Kerry Fredrich relinquishing command and Capt. Larry Halvorson assuming command of the company. Capt. Fredrich led the company through its most recent mobilization and deployment and was instrumental in building a team that ensured both company-wide and brigade-wide success.
Maryland National Guard Makes History With All-Female Leadership
There's a big change at the Maryland National Guard, one that's making history.
229th Maryland Army National Guard Band
This weekend the Old Line Brass Quintet took to the air on their way to play for the promotion ceremony of Major General Gowan. #ridinginstyle #229armyband Maryland National Guard 581st Troop Command
North Carolina National Guard
Guardsmen from 13 states came together to join the more than 3,000 N.C. Guardsmen to help support recovery efforts of Hurricane Florence.
Although the storm is over and most of the out of state assets are returning home the N.C. Guardsmen will continue their recovery efforts until the needs of the state are met.
We are grateful for the assistance of our Guard Nation that provided their reinforcements: The Connecticut National Guard, Illinois National Guard, Maryland National Guard, Minnesota National Guard, Mississippi National Guard, Nebraska National Guard, Indiana National Guard, New York Army National Guard, New Jersey National Guard, Wisconsin National Guard, Oklahoma National Guard, Tennessee National Guard, Michigan National Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Md. Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team to assist rescue efforts in N.C.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has authorized the deployment of the Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team to North Carolina to assist in rescue efforts from flooding due to Hurricane Florence.
September is suicide awareness and prevention month. Be there ... everyone has the ability to positively influence and change the trajectory of someone’s life.
For help and resources, visit: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
A powerful message from the "World Trade Center Man," Harry John Roland.
The #USArmy remembers the tragic events that transpired Sept. 11, 2001 and salute the service members, civilians and families who have served in support, and those who continue that service today. We will continue to honor the courage and bravery of those who were lost on that fateful day. #NeverForget #ArmyFamily
Produced by Sgt. 1st Class Jared Morgan and original music composition by Master Sgt. Adrian Hernandez, The United States Army Field Band
Congratulations to the Soldiers of the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade on thier Promotions!!
Learn more about the proud history of #USArmy Aviation here:
From their humble beginnings, working alongside the Wright Brothers, #USArmy aviators have been pioneers in aviation and they have played a key role in forming and shaping Army doctrine and tactics on the battlefield. #NationalAviationWeek
Good Morning America
Protecting U.S. diplomats; behind-the-scenes at security training exercise: GoodMorningAmerica.com Kyra Phillips has the details.
Congratulations to the Soldiers from the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade who were recently promoted and received awards this past drill weekend.
The National Guard
Changes to the Army National Guard’s Tuition Assistance program are set to go into effect Aug. 5. Click to find out what that means for you.
Beginning October 2020, Soldiers will be required to take the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
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Happy Birthday to the #USArmy!
America’s #USArmy has stood ready to serve our nation for 243 years, and today our Soldiers stand ready to meet any challenge. This We'll Defend. #ArmyBDay
Twenty-Nine, Let’s Go!
We march for the liberty-loving people everywhere.
"This operation is not being planned with any alternatives. This operation is planned as a victory, and that’s the way it’s going to be. We’re going down there, and we’re throwing everything we have into it, and we’re going to make it a success." -- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
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#HappeningNow! Watch the 150th National Memorial Day Observance #live from Arlington National Cemetery.
President Donald J. Trump, escorted by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Maj. Gen. Michael Howard, commanding general, US Army Military District of Washington, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Immediately following the wreath-laying ceremony will be an observance program hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in Arlington's Memorial Amphitheater. #MemorialDay #USA #AlwaysRemember #ArmedForces U.S. Army
Maryland National Guard
Chief Warrant Officer William R. Ruth
November 29, 1943—September 11, 2001
Chief Warrant Officer William R. Ruth of Mt. Airy, Md., was assigned to Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. He served in the Army for more then 30 years. He was killed in the Pentagon during the attacks on September 11, 2001. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he was a graduate of Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Also he had studied at Ohio State University. Ruth taught social studies for nearly 30 years in the Montgomery County School system. He last taught at John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus. In 1997, he took the Army job at the Pentagon. He is survived by a son, Sean Ruth of Mount Airy; his mother, Jane Ruth, his brother, David Ruth, and a sister, Martha Ruth, all of Alliance, Ohio. A son Chad Ruth, died in 1999.
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cropper
December 30, 1952—March 20, 2002
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cropper of Snow Hill, Md., was a member of the 200th Military Police Company, Maryland Army National Guard, Salisbury, Md. He died of a heart condition on active duty supporting Operation Noble Eagle. Cropper was a 29-year veteran of the National Guard and the part-owner of Dashiell Well, Inc., a Fruitland Well Drilling Company.
“He was a great motivator, religious, upbeat, happy," said 1st Sgt. Bob Bakeoven. “A great NCO. He cared about his troops.”
Cropper was the father of three grown children.
Pfc. Carlton D. Newman, Jr.
December 5, 1983—March 3, 2005
Pfc. Carlton D. Newman, 21, of Landover, Md., was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 115th Infantry Regiment as an infantryman. He was killed in vehicle accident at Fort Stewart Ga. during training. He entered the service on Oct. 10, 2004, and arrived at Fort Stewart Feb. 23, 2005, to prepare for deployment with his unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"Carlton was a patriot and represents the finest that Maryland has to offer in defending our freedoms," said Maj. Gen. Bruce F. Tuxill, the former adjutant general of Maryland.
Cpl. Samuel M. Boswell
September 23, 1985—October 14, 2005
Cpl. Samuel M. Boswell of Elkridge, Md., was assigned to the Maryland Army National Guard’s 243rd Engineer Company in Baltimore. He was killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq during combat operations.
Boswell joined the Guard after graduating high school in 2003. He was a computer whiz who also enjoyed playing video games, and was a skilled paint ball enthusiast who hoped to become a civil engineer.
"He was probably the happiest person you'll ever meet," said his brother, Michael Boswell. "He always wanted to do things that would help other people whether he knew them or not."
He is survived by his father and seven siblings.
Cpl. Bernard L. Ceo
August 1, 1982—October 14, 2005
Cpl. Bernard L. Ceo of Baltimore was assigned to the Maryland Army National Guard’s 243rd Engineer Company in Baltimore. He was killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq during combat operations.
"He was kind, thoughtful and a introspective young guy," said Aaron Parsons, a school administrator. "Bernard was an excellent employee, and he would have been an excellent teacher."
Ceo’s grandmother, Isolene Ceo, described him as "just a regular fellow," who loved to help people. Ceo was a full-time technician with the Guard and a member of the Honor Guard, which represents the Guard at official ceremonies. He is survived by wife, Dajae Overton, son Kierre, and daughter Jaeda.
Sgt. Brian R. Conner
May 8, 1969—October 14, 2005
Sgt. Brian R. Conner of Baltimore was assigned to the 243rd Engineer Company, Maryland Army National Guard, Baltimore. He was killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq during combat operations. Conner enlisted in the Army in September 1986 and was on his second tour in Iraq.
“He was a cool guy, an upbeat person and outgoing,” said Kevin Cartwright, spokesman, Baltimore City Fire Department. “He liked to kid and joke but when it came to being serious about his job, he got down to business.”
Conner had been a Guard member for more than 16 years and had served in Bosnia. He is survived by three daughters ages 10, 15 and 21, and a 3-month-old grandson.
Staff Sgt. Michael J. McMullen
May 27, 1980—January 10, 2006
Staff Sgt. Michael J. McMullen of Salisbury, Md., was assigned to the 243rd Engineer Company, Maryland Army National Guard, Baltimore. McMullen worked as a paramedic in Salisbury for the fire department. Salisbury Fire Chief David See said McMullen’s actions in the war zone were what he was trained to do, and remembered him as a dedicated professional.
“He couldn’t wait to get on the job,” See said. “Firefighting was in his blood. He was a prankster, a straight shooter and a good guy. He was honest.”
The Army awarded a Silver Star to McMullen, and promoted him posthumously to staff sergeant. McMullen also was awarded the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Command Sgt. Maj. Roger W. Haller
July 9, 1957—January 20, 2007
Command Sgt. Maj. Roger W. Haller of Davidsonville, Md., was assigned to the 70th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Maryland Army National Guard, Reisterstown, Md. Haller was the top-ranked enlisted man in the guard’s Headquarters 70th Regiment (LDR), a leadership training unit. He was commandant of the noncommissioned officers’ academy, which trains soldiers in a variety of disciplines, including ethics, personnel management and military history. Surviving are his three children, Daniel Woods Haller, Morgan Elizabeth Haller and Kathryn Alexandra Haller, from the union of his former wife, Sandy Hockman, all of Cambridge, Md.; a sister, Anne Sillaman; three brothers, William S. Haller, Jr., Frederick R. Haller and John H.
Sgt. 1st Class Collin Bowen
January 18, 1970—March 14, 2008
Sgt. First Class Collin J. Bowen, of Millersville, Md., was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, Maryland Army National Guard, Towson, Md. Bowen died of wound sustained in action while serving in Afghanistan. Collin met his wife, Ursula, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County when he was enrolled in a Spanish class she taught. They had one daughter, Gabriela. He also had two daughters from a previous marriage - Erin, and Katelyn, who live in Westminster. Mrs. Bowen said her husband learned to take care of others as an infantryman but maintained the same selfless manner outside the military. "What people always said about him is how much he cared for people," she said. "He was a true friend."
Sgt. 1st Class William B. Woods
September 8, 1977-August 16, 2009
Sgt. 1st Class William B. Woods Jr., of Chesapeake, Va., died in Landstuhl, Germany, from a gunshot wound sustained in action while serving in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Woods was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, based in Glen Arm, Md. He was born in Hermann, Mo. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1996. After one year he was selected to become a Scout Sniper, and served in that capacity for the remainder of his enlistment. In 2003, Woods joined the Army Special Forces and was assigned as the Senior Medical Sergeant. He attended Montana State University and majored in photography. He is survived by a wife and two daughters.
Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino
March 10, 1975-November 23, 2009
Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino, of Cockeysville, Md., died Nov. 23, 2009, near Pashay Kala, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to B Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group in Glen Arm, Md. He was born in Boston, Mass., and enlisted in the Army in 2002. He graduated from Bishop Stang High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Matthew was a very generous person in life and even in his passing. It takes an extraordinary individual to join the Special Forces and he was an example for other Soldiers to follow.
Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II
November 9, 1963– February 25, 2012
Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II, from Gardenville, Md., died in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds received during an attack on the Afghan Interior Ministry. He was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division Security Partnering Team of the Maryland Army National Guard. Bob was a longtime physical education teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools. He left teaching in 2008 to work full time for the Guard as Planning and Programming Chief for Construction and Facilities Management at the Fifth Regiment Armory. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; four children: Aaron, Leah, Ian and Jonah and one grandson, Malachi. Bob and Peggy were in high school when they met as co-workers at a Friendly’s Restaurant. He took her to her senior prom and they were married for 24 years.
The 29th CAB has a proud and distinguished history, with units having deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom (“OIF”), Operation Enduring Freedom (“OEF”), Operation New Dawn (OND), Kosovo and Bosnia. Additionally, units have performed in a variety of missions within the United States including support along the Southwest Border, support to Hurricane Gustav relief efforts and support for the historic Inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009. The support provided to President Obama’s Inauguration activities resulted in the awarding of the “Army Superior Unit Award” to a number of 29th CAB units
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