BALTIMORE — For the first time, a state’s National Guard command staff is entirely female. The Maryland National Guard’s four top leaders are all women, and three are African American.

The Washington Post also reports that all four officers are mothers. The Maryland Guard has been in the unprecedented territory since fall.

Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh has been the highest-ranking commander of the state’s military since 2015. She’s the first African American and first woman to serve as adjutant general for the Maryland Guard.

Army Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead, center, the Maryland National Guard’s assistant adjutant general for Army, and Air Force Brig. Gen. April Vogel, the Maryland Guard’s assistant adjutant general for Air, talk with Majda Kovač, of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Agency for Civil Protection, in the agency’s operations center in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Nov. 29, 2018. (Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy/Army)
Army Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead, center, the Maryland National Guard’s assistant adjutant general for Army, and Air Force Brig. Gen. April Vogel, the Maryland Guard’s assistant adjutant general for Air, talk with Majda Kovač, of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Agency for Civil Protection, in the agency’s operations center in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Nov. 29, 2018. (Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy/Army)

In June, Brig. Gen. Janeen L. Birckhead became assistant adjutant general for Army. Brig. Gen. April Vogel started serving in August as assistant adjutant general for Air. Command Sgt. Maj. Perlisa D. Wilson became senior enlisted adviser in December.

Singh says it wasn’t intentional; she just wanted the most-qualified candidates available.