Allyson Solomon is a retired general officer having served nearly 36 years in the National Guard. In her position prior to retirement, she served as Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Maryland Air National Guard. She was responsible for the overall management of a 1,500 person organization. Allyson began her military career by enlisting in the Maryland Air National Guard, and after 7 years was selected to attend the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant and worked her way through the ranks, commanding at three different levels. She is the first woman and first African-American to be appointed as a senior commander in the Maryland National Guard. In 2003, she was the first woman to be promoted to Colonel in Maryland Air National Guard history. She also made Maryland National Guard history as the first African-American woman promoted to Colonel. In 2006, Allyson was selected to serve as the Chief of the General Officer Management Office at the National Guard Bureau, Washington, DC. Reporting directly to the Chief, NGB, her office was responsible for managing the careers and training of over 350 general officers nationwide. Allyson was asked to return to Maryland in 2008, and was appointed by the Governor as the Assistant Adjutant General for Air. She was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the Maryland Air National Guard. She became the first female and African-American brigadier general, as well as the first female and African-American assistant adjutant general, in the Maryland National Guard’s 374-year history. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, she moved to Maryland with her family in 1971. Allyson received a B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola University and M.A. in Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. She has been recognized as a professional and role model by the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame for civic programs in the community. She is a an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated, the National Guard Association of the United States, and the National Guard Association of Maryland.