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Behind the Uniform: Spc. Timothy Yingling

Spc. Timothy Yingling, a utilities equipment repairer with the 200th Military Police Company.

Why did you join the MDNG?

“Joining the military was more or less a family tradition. My father served, my uncle served, my cousins and my brother served. As far back as I know, there are possibilities that people from my family served in the civil war.”

How does it feel to work in the community?

“It feels good, I don’t really deal with the public too much. I’m usually in the rear making sure vehicles are up and running and mission capable.”

What part of your training has prepared you the most for COVID missions?

“Nothing really has helped prepared me for the position I would be thrown into, especially the first round of COVID missions. All the sergeants and above are technicians at our field maintenance shops. So, I got put into the spot of leadership.”

What is your favorite part of being a soldier?

“I get to make new friends and establish connections outside of here (Maryland National Guard). I love the atmosphere here (with other Soldiers).”

How has it been balancing military service and family time during the past few years?

“In the last couple years I do talk to them whenever I get a chance. I’m used to not seeing them for long periods of a time.”

How has serving during COVID impacted/changed you as a soldier?

“It didn’t really impact me in a negative way, it was more of a positive. It allowed me to get around from my normal area of Baltimore County. I would go down to Baltimore city and Western Maryland, places I haven’t been to in a while.”

What is the next thing for you after this mission is over?

“Just going back to a part-time soldier. My contract ends in just under a year, and I’ll re-enlist depending on getting my knee fixed and passing the physical fitness test.”

I joined the MDNG:

“It’s more or less a family tradition. My father served, my uncle served, my cousins and my brother served….”