"Marylanders at Their Best" are making a difference everywhere from your community to locations around the world, and YOU CAN too. The Maryland Army National Guard conducts training one weekend a month, annual training two weeks a year, deploys in support of civil disturbances and overseas to respond to world conflicts. Maryland's Citizen-Soldiers also participate in events such as the Preakness Stakes, the Governor Inaugurations, and training with other states and nations. Whether it is training on a weekend or conducting combat operations, in the Maryland Army National Guard,
YOU CAN do it all!
Maryland Army National Guard Unit Returns Home!
Citizen-Soldiers of Bravo Company, 1/115th Inf have returned home after completing their mission in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit arrived at Fort Stewart, GA where they were demobilized before returning to Maryland. There was a welcome home ceremony held at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland College Park. The ceremony was on Saturday May 13.
The Maryland Army National Guard Stands Ready
Citizen-Soldiers of the 290th MP Co and 200th MP Co participated in Operation Vital Guardian. The training event tested the response to a nuclear attack on our homeland. Vital Guardian took place at the National Guard Armory in Washington DC from April 1 - April 4. The Maryland Army National Guard worked along side other agencies during the event and are now more prepared to respond to a terrorist attack on our homeland.
Maryland Army National Guard Unit Takes Charge
The 29th Infantry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team assumed command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo on March 4, 2006. The 3rd BCT replaced the 40th Infantry Division Artillery from California after their one year tour. The unit's mission involves the housing and caring for about 490 detainees and assisting in the War on Terror by gathering intelligence. The outgoing commander had these words for the 29th ID, "we wish you good luck as you assume your duties. It will be, without a doubt, a challenging and eventful year for you."
City Wide Drill Competitions
March 4, 2006
5th Regiment Armory
Participating High Schools
Doris M. Johnson
Milford Mills Academy
January 27, 2006
SSG Nathan J. Anthony (left) and SPC Brad T. Maxwell (right) were promoted on January 12, 2006 by LTC Kevin Preston. The promotion ceremony was held in the Gov. William Donald Schaefer Building at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore. Congratulation SFC Anthony and SGT Maxwell on a job well done.
Photos by SFC Kevin Russell, Marketing/Advertising
Maryland Army National Guard Soldier Recognized for Breaking Barriers
LTC Flora Freed recently appeared in the Winter 2006 edition of the Cecil Soil Magazine. The article points out LTC Freed's tough beginnings and how her ambition and "can do" attitude helped her reach her goals. You can read more of the article by clicking the link below.
by Susan Thomas
Cecil Soil Magazine
Maryland Army National Guard Soldier Awarded Silver Star
January 19, 2006
SSG Michael J. McMullen has been posthumously awarded the Silver Star for saving the life of a fellow soldier in Iraq. SSG McMullen was a member of the 243rd Engineer Company in Baltimore, as well as a firefighter and paramedic in the Salisbury Fire Department. SSG McMullen was fatally wounded while caring for a fellow soldier who had been injured in an earlier attack when a second explosive device was detonated. SSG McMullen was truly a hero and acted in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and the Maryland Army National Guard. SSG McMullen was also awarded the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Maryland Army National Guard Responds to Hurricane
January 18, 2006
Members of the Maryland Army National Guard were on their way to the devastated Gulf coast just two days after hurricane Katrina made landfall in the region. Citizen-Soldiers of the 290th and 200th MP Co, HHC 115th MP Bn, and 121st Eng Bn were the tip of the spear when they took off from Martin's State Airport. The units were deployed to Mississippi and Louisiana to assist local law enforcement maintain order in the communities and conduct recovery operations. A total of 656 members of the Maryland Army National Guard were deployed during the relief operation.
Photo courtesy of Maryland Military Department Digest Winter 2005
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Grand Opening of the Gaithersburg Recruiting Station
December 8, 2005
The Maryland National Guard's Adjutant General, Major General Bruce F. Tuxill, cuts the ribbon marking the opening of the Gaithersburg Recruiting Station with the Mayor of Gaithersburg, Mayor Sidney Katz. The Mayor also presents a proclamation marking December 8th Maryland National Guard Day in Gaithersburg.
The new recruiting station is located at 465 South Frederick Ave in Gaithersburg, MD. Stop by and visit the Maryland Army National Guard Recruiters Today!
Photos by SSG William Fearrington, Public Affairs
Unit Conducts Training at Paintball Arena
August 21, 2005
Members of the Maryland Army National Guard's 290th Military Police Company participate in a game of paintball as part of the unit's weekend training. The 290th MP Co, located in Parkville, conducted training on team and squad level movement techniques as well as the importance of communication on the battlefield. The training was conducted at the Route 40 Paintball Park in White Marsh.
Photo by SPC Anastasia McClain, 290th MP Co
Citizen-Soldiers Travel to Estonia
October 15, 2005
Members of the 290th MP Co, 200th MP Co and 115th MP Bn traveled to Estonia on September 10th to complete a two week Small Unit Exchange mission with the Kaitseliit. The Kaitseliit is the equivalent to the National Guard in Estonia and is preparing for a deployment to Bosnia next year.
Photo by SPC Joe Robinson, 290th MP Co