UMGC honors veterans during annual Veterans Day ceremony

Julia LeDoux
November 13, 2019 - 5:07 pm

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You could say that every day is Veteran’s Day at the University of Maryland Global Campus

But on Nov. 11 itself, UMGC, formerly University of Maryland University College, took time out to recognize three veterans who have made their mark not only through their military service but their commitment to education.

During its Veterans Day Celebration, the university's highest honor, the President’s Award was presented to Navy Vice Admiral Ross A. Myers, deputy commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, and retired Army Major General Linda L. Singh, currently chief executive of Kaleidoscope Affect LLC.

Myers, a career naval aviator who has logged more than 4,600 flight hours in more than 17 types of aircraft and landed on more than 15 different carriers, has served with U.S. Cyber Command since May. The agency’s mission is to unify cyberspace operations, strengthen the Department of Defense’s cyberspace capabilities, and integrate and bolster DoD's cyber expertise.

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 In his remarks, Myers noted that his agency also worked to ensure the integrity of the 2018 mid-term elections and promised that would continue in the 2020 elections.

“We’re partnering at the federal, state and local levels as well as with industry and academic partners to safeguard our institutions,” he said.

Myers holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas; a Master’s of Business Administration; and a Master’s of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Singh, who served in the Maryland National Guard for 38 years and served as its 29th adjunct general, received her commission in 1991 through the Maryland Military Academy's Officer Candidate School. 

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“Being able to lead the Maryland National Guard, to me, is really the highest honor I could ever imagine,” she said.

Noting that the struggles that service members face are all too real, Singh offered a piece of heartfelt advice.

“If you have any challenges, I need you to do me a favor,” she said. “Take care of yourself.”

Singh holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Union College; a Master of Business Administration and Master’s of Strategic Studies from Touro International University and a doctorate from Capella University.

The Gen. John W. Vessey Jr. Student Veteran of the Year Award was presented to retired Air Force Master Sgt. Marie L. Villegas.

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The Department of Defense contractor is the daughter of immigrants who installed a love of education in her.

“My parents made sacrifices,” she said. “My military experience taught me the importance of servant leadership.”

She holds associates, bachelors and master’s degrees and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration.

UMGC President Javier Miyares presented the awards to Myers and Singh. Retired Army Col. Keith Hauk, associate vice president and deputy director stateside military operations for UMGC presented the award to Villegas.

WATCH: UMGC Veterans Day Ceremony

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