Maryland's first female adjutant general featured on iSoldier

By Gary SheftickMarch 24, 2015

Maryland's first female adjutant general featured on iSoldier
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WASHINGTON (March 23, 2015) -- Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, the first African-American and first woman to serve as adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, is highlighted in the March 21 edition of iSoldier.

The two-minute iSoldier program is a weekly, Internet-based newscast produced by Army Broadcasting at Defense Media Activity.

Singh, who took command of the Maryland National Guard, Feb. 28, spoke with iSoldier reporter Sgt. Rachel Badgeley about what it means to be the first woman adjutant general in Maryland.

"This is huge - just for the progress of women in leadership," Singh said.

More of Singh's interview will be revealed during an upcoming segment of "Soldiers Update." Soldiers Update, another product of Army Broadcasting, airs overseas on American Forces Network, and is also available online.

Singh discussed the challenges of starting off in the Army as a young female enlisted Soldier in the 1980s. She recalls how, at the dawn of her career, a first sergeant told her that because of her pregnancy, she would not make it through advanced initial training.

In addition to the Singh interview, this week's iSoldier features three other news segments.

The program begins with a look at drone footage released by U.S. Central Command showing airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Also featured is a competition to earn cavalry spurs by Soldiers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The spur ride was conducted by the Crazy Horse Troop, 1st Squadron, 3d Cavalry, deployed to Guantanamo, from the 3rd Infantry Division, and Fort Stewart, Georgia. For this iteration of the spur ride event, competition was opened to Soldiers serving in military occupational specialties outside the cavalry branch.

"Having it open to other branches and other MOS's [military occupation specialties] kind of emphasizes what we do at Guantanamo Bay - it's a joint mission," said Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Robertson, first sergeant of Crazy Horse Troop.

This week's iSoldier also features images of Soldiers in combat taken from the Defense Information School Flickr page.

Sgt. Rachel Badgeley produced the most recent edition of iSoldier, while Sgt. Audrey Santana anchored the program.

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