Allyson Solomon

Board Member, Council for a Strong America; Brigadier General (Ret.) U.S. Air Force

Allyson Solomon is a retired general officer having served nearly 36 years in the National Guard. Since 2015, she has served as President of the National Guard Youth Foundation.

Allyson began her military career by enlisting in the Maryland Air National Guard. She is the first woman and first African-American to be appointed as a senior commander in the Maryland National Guard. In 2003, she was the first woman to be promoted to colonel in Maryland Air National Guard history. She also made Maryland National Guard history as the first African-American woman promoted to colonel.

She became the first female and African-American brigadier general, as well as the first female and African-American assistant adjutant general in the Maryland National Guard’s 374-year history.

Allyson received a B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola University and M.A. in Public Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated, the National Guard Association of the United States, and the National Guard Association of Maryland.