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Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Freedom Readiness Center in Sykesville, Maryland, will be officially renamed after retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, on Oct.16, 2021, at her official portrait unveiling ceremony. Singh, who was the first African American and the first woman to lead the Maryland National Guard as the 29th adjutant general, was surprised by the announcement.
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Sgt. Donita Adams, a religious affairs noncommissioned officer, has been in the National Guard since 2015. Originally she was going to be a human resources specialist, but her recruiter helped guide her into a slot that combined her desire to serve, with her commitment to faith.
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Members of the Maryland National Guard worked with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) June 13-17, 2016, to train their public affairs officers on equipment provided under European Command’s Humanitarian Mine Action program.
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High school football players from across Maryland competed in the sixth annual Maryland Crab Bowl senior all-star game at McDaniel College, Gill Stadium, Dec. 21, 2013. The college was home to the Baltimore Ravens’ summer training camp until the 2011 season.
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Members from several Maryland Guard units are deployed to Crisfield Md., to assist local authorities with house-to-house evacuations on Oct. 30, 2012. The Servicemembers have been stationed in the area since Sunday performing 24-hour operations.
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Staff Sgt. Allison S. Balsam, Official Maryland Army National Guard Recruiting, is the first female in the Maryland National Guard with the infantry military occupation specialty, 11B.
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The Maryland Army National Guard’s 104th Area Support Medical Company conducted its first Medical Warrior Challenge competition, on Sept. 12, 2015, to build teamwork and strengthen esprit de corps within the unit.
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On a cold, overcast weekend, the Maryland National Guard’s 231st Chemical Company and 175th Civil Engineering Fire and Emergency Services Flight conducted joint HAZMAT training at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, Md., on Feb. 8-9, 2014.
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The Maryland Army National Guard completed its 2013 Best Warrior Competition at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation April 21, 2013, to determine the year’s best Soldier and noncommissioned officer. Sgt. Delvon Anderson was named the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Spc. Robert Anderson was named the Soldier of the Year. Although the two share the same last name, they are not related.
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Soldiers from the Maryland Army National Guard’s 253rd Engineer Company (Sapper) in La Plata, Md., spent their drill weekend training with a Mobile Training Team to become certified robot operators. The Jan. 12-13 drill weekend also included breeching doors, Modern Army Combatives and weapons familiarity.
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On the hour, every hour, water treatment specialists test the water that deployed forces may use to cook, drink, and bathe in during exercise Guardian Response 18.
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In 1776, Congress passed legislation allowing black men to enlist in the armed services. Following that decision, approximately 7,000 black men enlisted in the Army to defend America during the Revolutionary War. Throughout the nation’s history, they continued to play significant roles in the U.S. military.
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The Maryland National Guard’s 32nd Civil Support Team participated in a training exercise on Nov. 6, 2014, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. The unit’s performance was assessed by Army North evaluators.
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Firefighters of Baltimore’s Engine Company 45 will soon be able to break bread in a recently renovated kitchen, thanks to a training partnership with the Maryland Army National Guard’s 244th Engineer Company.
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May 30, 2009, the drill floor at the Melvin H. Cade Armory was dedicated to 1st Sgt. Lloyd R. Scott, Sr., during a ceremony. Scott enlisted as a private at the end of World War II and was ordered to active duty to serve in Korea with the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion – now the 229th Main Support Battalion. Scott worked at Cade Armory from 1960 until his retirement in 1986 with 41 years and five months of military service.

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Soldiers in the Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania Army National Guard compete against one another for the crown of Region II’s Best Warrior. Day one of this four-day event consisted of an obstacle course, stress shoot, and the warrior task lanes.
During the Maryland National Guard’s 243rd and 244th Engineer Companies’ August 2017 annual training, #CitizenSoldiers complete multiple projects while gaining a new cultural experience at Camp Santiago with the Puerto Rico National Guard. Soldiers from both companies work on construction projects at eight different sites around Camp Santiago, utilizing their training as road builders, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, engineers, and mechanics.
Soldiers of the Maryland Army National Guard’s 729th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company return from deployment on Nov. 17, 2020, and reunite with loved ones after serving nine months in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve in Europe.
A 70-mile odyssey over four days through the dense-wet forest of Pärnu, Estonia, while being attacked by opposing forces is not an item on most soldier’s bucket list. Highly determined to compete and win, 28 four-person teams from 11 nations assembled for the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge from Aug. 1-4, 2017.
The Maryland Army National Guard’s 1st Squadron, 158th Calvary Regiment (Long Range Surveillance) conducted fast rope insertion and extraction training at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, on April 11, 2015.
Members of the 110th Information Operations Battalion, stationed in Annapolis, Maryland, conducts individual weapon qualifications at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, on April 25, 2020. Qualifications are conducted annually which gives Soldier’s an opportunity to stay proficient in basic warrior task. The 110th IO Bn. regularly deploys Soldiers to support operations in the Horn of Africa.
The Maryland Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment conducts live fire training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in N.J., during their June 6-20, 2015, annual training.
The Maryland Army National Guard and the Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team conducted swift water rescue training May 15, 2013, at Essex Skypark, Essex Md.

Team Leading: Lead teammates in using DSLR cameras to expand their skills and create something different. We used GoPro cameras, sliders, and different camera angles, etc. to complete the video projects.

Live Stream: The official portrait unveiling ceremony for retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh.
The Maryland National Guard​ is strengthening the community through partnerships. Recently the MDNG and the Western District of the Baltimore Police Department​ worked together to reduce gun violence and to help strengthen the community. We produced three anti-gun violence videos. They highlight that guns are not the answer to problems. Gun violence in Baltimore is at record levels. By working together through partnerships, we can strengthen our communities where we live and work.
Freemen were called upon once again to stand between their loved home and war’s desolation. March of the Defenders: Witness the historic 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment as they march in the footsteps of those who defended Baltimore 200 years ago. They will march in honor of those who marched during the War of 1812 and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for American freedom.
The adventure, and benefits, of service in the Maryland Army National Guard are told through a variety of voices throughout the Eastern Shore region, including Governor Larry Hogan (speaking from Salisbury) and Army National Guard Captain Jacob Day (Mayor, City of Salisbury), multiple recently-enlisted soldiers from the region, and a prospect in the midst of her enlistment process (Liz Cramer). Footage of multiple Maryland National Guard units from across the state are featured in this dynamic 3-minute documentary, targeting prospective Guardsmen.
Don’t touch the bomb! The U.S. Army European Command’s Humanitarian Mine Action program brought the Estonian Rescue Board and Maryland National Guard Soldiers together to create public service announcements. The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of and educate the public about the unexploded ordnance issue in Estonia.
The reconnaissance platoon from the Maryland National Guard’s 231st Chemical Company participates in live-fire training with M2 .50 caliber machine guns at Fort Pickett, Va., on June 29, 2016. The weapons were mounted to four M1135 Nuclear Biological Chemical Reconnaissance Styker Vehicles. The Strykers are new to the unit and they enhance the unit’s capabilities.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems 15W (Operator) & 15E (Repairer) Maryland Guard members from A Co., Det. 1, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems) show the training they do during duty weekends and annual training.
Soldiers from the Maryland Army National Guard’s 253rd Engineer Company (Sapper) in La Plata, Md., spent their drill weekend training with a Mobile Training Team to become certified robot operators. The Jan. 12-13 drill weekend also included breeching doors, Modern Army Combatives and weapons familiarity.

Instructing: International partnership with Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, training their public affairs officers on equipment provided under the European Command’s Humanitarian Mine Action program. The training included using digital cameras for photo/video editing and producing communication products to better inform the public on the de-mining operations throughout the nation. The second video, I worked to teach a new photographer to produce a multimedia product.

One of the toughest tests of a warrior’s resolution and training is the Best Warrior Competition. The competition is a multi-day marathon of mental and physical trials, pushing these elite service members to their limits. This year’s competition is conducted at multiple locations throughout Maryland. The competition is open to junior enlisted, noncommissioned officers, and commissioned officers of the Maryland Army and Air National Guard, as well as, soldiers from the Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Estonian Defence Force.
Members of the Maryland National Guard worked with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina June 13-17, 2016, to train their public affairs officers on equipment provided under the European Command’s Humanitarian Mine Action program. This combined effort operated in the areas of Prozor, Derventa and Sanski. Much of the training focused on helping AF BiH public affairs officers in how to use digital cameras for photos/videos. The training also included editing and producing communication products to better inform the public on the de-mining operations throughout the nation.
From Sept. 9-12, members of the U.S. Air Force and Army as well as the Maryland and Ohio National Guard, shared tactics, techniques and procedures with members of the AFBiH on public affairs and strategic communication, cargo loading and unloading procedures, and joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) operations.
Did you know that the Maryland Army National Guard conducts a Military Police military occupation specialty reclassification course? Many states send soldiers to Maryland to learn to become military police.

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Staff Sgt. Trevor Howard, an infantryman from A Company, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, jumps in the water during the combat water survival test for the Region II Best Warrior Competition at the Edgewood Arsenal of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, on July 30, 2020. This task was designed to help company commanders, platoon leaders, and instructors determine the water survival ability level of their soldiers and train them to survive in water.
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The Maryland National Guard hosts the Joint E-9 Professional Development Dinner on Oct. 19, 2019, at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation near Reisterstown, Maryland. The keynote speaker for the dinner, Command Sgt. Major John F. Sampa, is the 12th command sergeant major of the Army National Guard. The dinner is an opportunity for enlisted leaders to fellowship with others across the Maryland Army and Air National Guard, the Maryland Defense Force, with state partnering nations, and senior enlisted leaders from neighboring states. 
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young, and members of the Maryland Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, assist with food distribution at the Greenmount Recreation Center in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 24, 2020. The food distribution centers are set up in support of the community to assist civil agency partners in their efforts to provide relief for COVID-19. More than 2,000 Maryland National Guard members are activated to support Maryland’s response to COVID-19. The MDNG is working in close coordination with many agencies to support civil authorities. MDNG capabilities include medical augmentation, transportation support, food distribution, and more. 
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Army Lt. Col Marci Sam becomes the first Maryland National Guard judge on Aug. 20, 2019, during an Investiture Ceremony at the historic 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Warrant Officer Karinn Hemingway, a 110th Information Operations Battalion information services technician in the Maryland Army National Guard, poses for a photo on Dec. 16, 2019, at the Fifth Regiment Armory, Baltimore.
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Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead, assistant adjutant general – Army, host a deployment ceremony for about 200 members of the Maryland Army National Guard’s 729th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 28, 2019. The Soldiers will deploy to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve for nine months to provide logistical support operations within the U.S. European Command area of operations. 
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Four days through the dense-wet forest of Valga County, Estonia, the Maryland National Guard and Trilateral Team evades enemy forces, trek through arduous terrain, and forgo sleep to complete the Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge from Aug. 5-9, 2019. The 70+ mile journey includes negotiating obstacles, fighting on different equipment/weapons systems, performing reconnaissance tasks, and maintaining accountability of teammates and equipment.
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Members from several Maryland Guard units are deployed to Crisfield Md., to assist local authorities with house-to-house evacuations after Hurricane Sandy passed Oct. 30, 2012. The Servicemembers have been stationed in the area since Sunday performing 24-hour operations.
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The Maryland Army National Guard broke ground on a $22.6 million project to renovate the Army Aviation Support Facility at Weide Army Airfield, Aberdeen Proving Ground – Edgewood Area, Edgewood Md. May 22, 2010. The project adds 11,500 square feet of renovated space, 20,000 square feet of office space and 65,000 square feet of hangar space.
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The Maryland National Guard’s 32nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) hosted the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency competition on June 1-2, 2011, at Fort Meade, Md.
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The Maryland Army National Guard and the Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team conducts swift water rescue training with the Baltimore County Fire Department on Oct. 8, 2015, at Mt. Vista Park in Kingsville Md. The training centered around extraction in difficult terrain while navigating obstacles. The HART training is performed quarterly, and prepares responders for emergency situations such as hurricanes and floods.
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The Maryland Army National Guard completed its 2014 Best Warrior Competition at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation near Reisterstown, Md., March 16, 2014, to determine the year’s best Soldier and noncommissioned officer. Sgt. Michael Louis Firth from C Company, 1st Squadron, 158th Cavalry Regiment, was named NCO of the Year, and Spc. Michael Robinson, from the same unit, was named Soldier of the Year. 
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The 32nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) participated in EXERCISE Operation Occupy at North Locust Point Marine Terminal in Baltimore, Md., June 26, 2014. Service members of the 32nd CST donned protective gear and collected samples of unknown-potentially-hazardous material for analysis. Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives specialists from the Bosnia and Herzegovina armed forces participated in the exercise. This is an example of military-to-military support under the State Partnership Program the Maryland National Guard has with BiH since 2003. 
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Nearly 200 members of the Maryland Army National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 29th Combat Aviation Brigade deploy from Edgewood Md., on Jan. 29, 2017, to provide full-spectrum aviation capabilities in support of ongoing operations in the Middle East. The unit will serve as the headquarters element for the 29th CAB, which will consist of more than 1,500 soldiers from multiple aviation units spanning more than a dozen states.
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Sgt. Phillip Gilmore, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, demonstrates some of the tasks a mechanic would perform on a vehicle for maintenance or repair. (Illustration)
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Staff Sgt. Verlillian Githara, 104th Area Support Medical Company food service specialist, serves with the Baltimore City Police Department as a detective.
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Brig. Gen. James A. Adkins, the adjutant general of Maryland, and Turhan Robinson, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery Oct. 13, following the changing of the guard.
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The Maryland Army National Guard broke ground Sept. 22, 2010, on a $9.4 million construction project renovating and expanding the CSM Blair Lee Crockett Readiness Center in Salisbury, Md. The project will renovate approximately 26,000 square feet and add an additional 28,000 square feet. Construction is scheduled to begin in December 2010 and go through March 2012.
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The Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony took place on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Dec. 7. The Taney is currently the last remaining vessel afloat that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor 71 years ago.
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The Maryland National Guard takes great pleasure in recognizing its citizen soldiers and airmen who stand out in their military and civilian careers. This quarter, the MDNG would like to highlight Senior Airman Robin Brown for her professionalism as a base service specialist with the Maryland Air National Guard. She also has a love for roller derby and is a member of a group that brings joy to hospitalized children through cosplay.https://www.flickr.com/photos/mdng/albums/72157664832199442
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Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tywanda B. Morton, senior property book officer, became the first female and African-American promoted to chief warrant officer 5 in the Maryland Army National Guard. The ceremony took place at the LTC Melvin H. Cade Armory in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 7, 2013. Morton began her Army career at Cade Armory in 1987. Chief warrant officer 5 is the highest rank in the Warrant Officer Corps.
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Maryland Military Department chaplains, chaplain candidates, and assistants concluded their annual training conference and presented the Order of Chaplain (Capt.) Eugene P. O’Grady Award at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation near Reisterstown, Md., Feb. 2, 2016.
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The Baltimore Ravens honored veterans past and present during the home game versus the Cincinnati Bengals Nov. 10, 2013, at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md. Soldiers from the deployed 200th and 290th Military Police Companies spoke to the fans via satellite from Afghanistan. Veterans from Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan were invited on to the field. Soldiers had the opportunity to perform their oath of enlistment on the field as well. The Maryland Honor Guard carried the colors for the National Anthem and Soldiers unfurled the flag from Ft. McHenry at halftime.
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Warfield Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Md. welcomed 31 Airmen from the 135th Airlift Squadron returning from Afghanistan, March 10, 2010. The 135th supported forces fighting in Afghanistan through transport supplies and cargo. “It’s good to have them home,” said Col. Scott Kelly, commander of the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard. “Portions of our 135th Airlift group are now home. I’m extremely happy for that and I know their Families are also.”
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Maryland National Guard’s Honor Guard conducted their morning physical training, a unit flag football game, at the Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Oct. 19, 2009. 
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Border Patrol Agent R24 scans his 120 mile Yuma, Ariz., sector for any illegal crossings May 28, 2008. Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment Maryland Army National Guard, provided aircraft, pilots and maintenance personnel in support of Operation Jumpstart a part of Task Force Raven at Papago Army Airfield, Ariz. 
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At the Maryland National Guard’s Gunpowder Military Reservation in Glen Arm, Md., the University of Maryland’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps conducted its rehearsal for the 2012 Ranger Challenge Competition on Oct. 19, 2012. Thirty-eight schools will compete in the two-day competition at Fort Pickett, Va., on October 25.
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More than 70 members of the Maryland Army National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 115th Military Police Battalion unload an airplane at Baltimore Washington International Airport after completing an Afghanistan deployment Sept. 25, 2013. The Soldiers boarded buses to take them to CSM Blair Lee Crockett Readiness Center in Salisbury, Md., to reunite with their loved ones. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2012. 
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Towson University hosted a Military Appreciation men’s basketball game with a special pre-game recognition for Maj. Robert J. Marchanti. The Marchanti family and Maryland National Guard leadership were present as the arena recognized the service and sacrifice of Maj. Marchanti. The Jan. 16, 2015, game began with the posting of the colors, the singing of the National Anthem by Sgt. Joey Odoms, and the rappelling of the game ball. 
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Staff Sgt. Kimberly Kerschner, currently serving as a Maryland Army National Guard recruiter, was selected to tryout for the women’s Armed Forces Soccer Team at the start of the 2015 training camp Sept. 12-30, 2015 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Kerschner was selected to compete for the goalie position against 30 others from across the armed forces.
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A Maryland Army National Guard Soldier assigned to peacekeeping operations patrols a barricaded street in Baltimore, April 28, 2015. The Maryland Guard was activated to assist law enforcement officials with keeping the peace in the city.

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 Some of the publications I’ve designed and some that I’ve guided other designers on. Click the image to see the publication. I currently manage the production of The Maryland Line, guiding the designer throughout the production process and ensuring it adheres to deadline and distribution standards.
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2021 – The Maryland Line
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2014 Spring – The Maryland Line
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2013 Summer – The Maryland Line
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2014 Issue 4 – The Maryland Line
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2015 Issue 1 – The Maryland Line
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