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Classmates of Lt. Col. Melvin H. Cade for whom the Cade Readiness Center is named

Pictured above with Maj. Gen. Linda Singh (center) is, Morgan State University alumni, Maj. Asa Coates, William Brent, Retired Maj. Gen. Thomas L Prather, Wilbert Walker, and Capt. Elise Dent.

William Brent and Wilbert Walker were classmates of Lt. Col. Melvin H. Cade, former commanding officer of the Maryland National Guard’s 229th Supply and Transportation Battalion. The 229th carried the lineage and honors of “The Monumental City Guards”, re-designated the First Separate Company in 1882, an all-black Maryland National Guard unit. The unit transformed several times throughout it’s history and became the only Maryland Guard unit to fight in the Korean War, as the 231st Transportation Battalion.