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Maryland Nationals Guard supports the 38th Black Engineer of the Year Awards in Baltimore

BALTIMORE – The commander of the Maryland National Guard will serve as host for the 38th Black Engineer of the Year Awards February 15-17 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Maryland Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Janeen L. Birckhead, adjutant general of Maryland, was named host since the National Guard is the featured branch of the military at this year’s conference.

Governor Wes Moore, U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mr. Frank Kendall, the Secretary of the Air Force, and U.S. Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau are scheduled to attend the Stars & Stripes dinner on Friday evening.

The 2024 BEYA Conference, which celebrates the achievements of African American engineers, is expected to have thousands of professionals, students, and attendees interested in science, technology, engineering, and math during the three-day event.

“I am extremely proud to have the BEYA Conference back in Baltimore, so we can showcase all of the talent in and out of uniform across the great state of Maryland,” said Birckhead. “This conference is also very important for young people of all backgrounds to see what STEM job opportunities are out there in the military or as a civilian in these amazing careers.”

The annual event, which was founded by the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, aims to support diversity and inclusion in STEM career fields.

The 229th Maryland Army National Guard band will be supporting the Friday night event. The 29th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade has transported a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to the convention center floor near the Maryland Army National Guard recruiting booth.

Maj. Ben Hughes
Maryland National Guard Public Affairs Office
Phone: 667-296-3662

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