The Maryland National Guard held a change of responsibility ceremony welcoming the organization's first female senior enlisted leader, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, Md.
The ceremony formally introduced Command Sgt. Maj. Perlisa Wilson, as the new SEL, and acknowledged the departure of Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Beyard.
The ceremony included the exchange of the noncommissioned officer sword. Although no longer standard issue for service members, the sword is a symbol of the authority of the NCO.
The SEL serves as the principle enlisted advisor to the adjutant general. This includes enforcing standards, developing policies on enlisted matters and making recommendations to improve the quality of life for Maryland National Guard soldiers, airmen and their families.
(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Elizabeth Scott)