Maryland National Guard Provides Support for Gov. Larry Hogan’s Inauguration 

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  • By Staff Sgt. Enjoli Saunders
  • 175th Wing

Over 100 members of the Maryland National Guard provided support for Gov. Larry Hogan’s inauguration, Jan.16, 2019 in Annapolis, Maryland. Members escorted key attendees during the outside ceremony as well as assisted with logistics and security. 

“Participating in the governor’s inauguration allows us the unique opportunity to play a small part in this important day for our commander-in-chief,” said Air Force Maj. Paul Mercier, 175th Wing executive officer. “It provides an interesting perspective to be behind the scenes of this historic event.”

In his previous term, Gov. Hogan worked closely with Army Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, Adjutant General of Maryland during the unrest that occurred in Baltimore in 2015, said Air Force Gen. April Vogel, Assistant Adjutant General of Maryland- Air.

“He was very vocal about the support we provided and grateful that his citizen-soldiers were assisting in keeping the city safeguarded,” said Vogel. “He recognized the value of the guard for the state.”

The governor’s office will work with the Maryland National Guard to ensure preparedness, functionality and support to the people and communities of Maryland.

“It is great to have continuity,” said Col. Jori Robinson, 175th Wing vice commander. “Gov. Hogan’s ability to communicate and understand the importance of guard missions, like cybersecurity, has contributed to our success and plays an integral role in defending the state of Maryland.”

The continued interaction and ongoing conversation between the MDNG and Hogan’s administration is working toward strengthening a relationship that could be beneficial for counties across the state of Maryland.

“I look forward to us advancing and being a more strategic part of our community,” said Command Sgt. Major Perlisa Wilson, State Senior Enlisted Leader of the Maryland National Guard.

The ceremony concluded with a flyover by a four-plane formation of A-10 Thunderbolt II’s from the 175th Wing as well as a 19-gun salute by 1-175 Infantry regiment, Maryland National Guard.