VOLUME LVII – Number 2

Major General Janeen Birckhead

Abstract: On April 15, 2024, Major General Janeen L. Birckhead presented a talk to the students at Towson University on partnerships and the National Guard’s role in security cooperation. The Towson University Journal of International Affairs was a proud organizer and co-sponsor of this event. What follows is a transcript of her comments, which have been lightly edited for length and readability.

Key Words: International Partnerships, Maryland National Guard, Sister Cities, Bosnia Herzegovina, Estonia, Serbia, Ukraine,

About the Author: On April 7th, 2023, became the 31st Adjutant General of Maryland. She served in many prestigious positions prior to her appointment, including as the Commander of the Maryland Army National Guard, the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Maryland National Guard, a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration, and as a Special Agent in Charge for the Defense Security Service. She graduated from Hampton University with a bachelor’s in political science through the Reserve Officers Training Corps with military distinction, and went on to earn her master’s in management from the University of Maryland. Additionally, she was deployed as the Deputy, Current Operations, Security Partnering, and International Security Assistance Force to Kabul, Afghanistan. Some of Major General Birkhead’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the National Defense Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

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