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Maryland Veterans Caucus holds meeting at 20th CBRNE Command Headquarters


Story by Walter Ham

Photo By Marshall Mason | Command Sgt. Maj. Dave Silva (center), the senior enlisted leader of the 20th 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, speaks at the Maryland Veterans Caucus Meeting at 20th CBRNE Command Headquarters on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Nov. 2. A native of Long Beach, California, Silva is a U.S. Army Master Explosive Ordnance technician who has deployed seven times and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Mason R. Mason.


Delegate Mike Rogers played a prominent role in the recent meeting between the Maryland Veterans Caucus and leaders at the U.S. Army's 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command Headquarters. Elected as the chair of the Anne Arundel County delegation in November 2021, Rogers is the first African-American to hold this leadership position, demonstrating his commitment to diversity and leadership.

As a Laurel Democrat representing District 32, Rogers, a retired colonel with 29 years of military service, brings a wealth of experience to his role. His military background, including combat deployments and various leadership positions, contributes to his efficiency and effectiveness in both delegation meetings and legislative endeavors.

Rogers emphasizes the importance of diversity of thought and unique experiences, advocating for inclusivity in decision-making processes. As a consensus builder, he navigates the complexities of the Anne Arundel County delegation, which comprises 10 Democrats and five Republicans.

In addition to his legislative duties, Rogers engages with the community, coaching football at the Severn Athletic Club and actively participating in local events. His leadership style, influenced by his military background, reflects efficiency and a commitment to getting things done.

Looking ahead, Rogers is running for re-election in the fall, demonstrating his dedication to serving the community and advocating for the needs of his constituents. As chair of the delegation, he focuses on bringing people together, passing beneficial legislation, and ensuring that the voices of county residents are heard and represented.

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