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Md. Air National Guard now led by African-American woman

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The first African-American in charge of the Maryland Air National Guard is also the first woman to hold the job.

Col. Allyson Solomon is to be promoted Friday in Baltimore to brigadier general and this month became the assistant adjutant general for air. She is the leader of more than 1,500 Air Guard members.

She says her first challenge is finding a new mission for the Guard, which is poised to lose eight airlift planes that are to be transferred to other states.

Solomon is 47 and has lived in Baltimore since emigrating from Trinidad and Tobago at age 10. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Loyola College in Maryland and a master’s from Auburn University.


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