Maryland Defense Force Units
The Maryland Defense Force Band provides musical support for the Maryland Defense Force, provides back up support for the 229th Army Band, and provides supplemental professional musical support to the Maryland Military Department (MMD) and the Maryland National Guard (MDNG) as required. The mission of the Maryland Defense Force Band is to enhance community relations, general recruitment, and troop morale. Its goal is to communicate the mission of the Maryland Defense Force and the duties it performs for the Maryland Military Department.
The Maryland Defense Force Cavalry Troop A provides the Maryland Military Department with a ceremonial unit that is a visible link to the horse cavalry units of the past, while supporting recruiting and public relations efforts of both the National Guard and Defense Force.
An organized and dedicated Chaplain Corps assists MDNG members, their families, and the community at large. When not activated for emergency state service, the individuals in this command provide chaplain support, as requested, to the several MDNG units throughout the state. Such support may include individual counseling, and the provision of regular Unit Training Assembly religious services all the way down to the company level.
The 121st Engineer Regiment provides a professional organized, trained, disciplined, uniformed rapid response volunteer force of engineers of all disciplines to assist the Maryland Military Department, state and local government agencies, and civil relief organizations in response to any impending or actual emergency.
Individuals in the Finance Corps are professionals in the fields of banking, investment management, accounting, and insurance. Their skills are put to use counseling Maryland National Guard and Air National Guard soldiers and their families on personal finance, planning for the future, college savings, investment, and retirement strategies, insurance, and taxes. Finance Corps services are available through MDNG Soldier and Family Readiness programs, and individual/family financial counseling is available upon request.
The Information Technology and Communications Directorate works to provide the Force with secure and assured information technology (IT) and communication services, wherever and whenever required. Staffed with experienced IT professionals that work in many areas of the IT and communications field, they support MDDF units in their functions with IT and communications services, train personnel in the use of IT and communications systems, perform network/computer systems maintenance and repair, enable data integration with units/agencies/departments, and perform other duties as required.
Judge advocates in the Directorate of Legal Services are called upon to serve each of the 23 counties in Maryland in order to ensure "local" coverage for every MDNG member and his or her family.
When not activated for emergency state service, the individuals in this directorate of the MDDF provide legal assistance, as requested, to the several MDNG units throughout the state. Such activities may include the preparation of wills and powers-of-attorney, the delivery of required legal training and lectures, and support to the state military justice system.
When not activated for emergency state service, the individuals in the 10th Medical Regiment provide assistance, as requested, to the several units of the Maryland National Guard throughout the state. Such activities may include assistance with periodic physical examinations, conducting first aid and related training, and/or presenting required medical lectures.
The primary mission of the Troop Command, Maryland Defense Force is to command, control, and supervise Maryland Defense Force units attached to the Troop Command and to provide manned, trained and equipped field force packaged units capable of immediate expansion and available for service in time of a natural or man made national emergency or when appropriate to augment the Maryland Military Department consisting of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Maryland Emergency Management Agency.
The maturity and experience of the members of the MDDF make them more than eligible for participation in almost any function related to support for the families of deployed MDNG soldiers and airmen. In addition, the MDDF could develop expertise in storm identification, and storm or disaster-related damage assessment. Both of these skills are taught by outside agencies (NOAA and the Red Cross, respectively) at little or no cost to the state. Given today's environment and the emphasis on "Homeland Defense," the scope of missions for this new organization is limited only by the imagination.