ANNAPOLIS - Col. Annette M. Deener went from volunteering at her husband's Army Reserve center to managing more than 5,300 Maryland National Guard members, a 30-year progression for which she was honored Wednesday.
At a ceremony in Annapolis, Deener was one of five inductees into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.
"Thank you for considering a military woman," Deener, a Sharpsburg resident, said in her speech.
She is the only person in the Maryland Army National Guard's history to hold three directorate level positions, according to a summary of her background. She has been in charge of information system management, military personnel and human resources.
Deener said in an interview that her husband, Michael, a retired colonel, encouraged her to enlist in the Army Reserve in 1975. She did, going to Fort McClellan in Alabama for basic training. She said hers was one of the last classes of the Women's Army Corps there.