Brig. Gen. Peter C. Hinz assumed command of the Maryland Army National Guard from Brig. Gen. Alberto J. Jimenez. Jimenez, a Vietnam War veteran, will retire from the Guard after more than 41 years of military service.

The change of command ceremony is a simple and traditional event that is rich with symbolism and heritage. The key to the change of command is the passing of the unit’s colors. The colors represent not only the heritage and history of the unit, but also the unity and loyalty of its Soldiers. The colors are the commander’s symbol of his authority and also represent his responsibilities to the organization.

Hinz, who has been serving as the assistant division commander of the 29th Infantry Division, enlisted in the United States Army in 1971. In 1978, he joined the Maryland National Guard and graduated from OCS in 1979. He has served in positions ranging from company, through brigade command, as well as serving in various staff assignments.

Hinz said the Maryland Army National Guard must continue to move forward as the state gears up for more overseas deployments and continues to support the citizens of the state of Maryland in times of need.

“I have been given the awesome responsibility of being your commander,” said Hinz. “We will continue to be the best National Guard in the United States.”

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