Owings nominated as veterans secretary

General Assembly

March 18, 2004

Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. nominated yesterday a Democratic legislative leader to be the state's veterans secretary.

Ehrlich named Del. George W. Owings III to be secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs effective June 1. Owings represents Calvert County and is the House majority whip. His appointment requires Senate approval.

Owings served in the Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968, rising to sergeant, and served three years in Vietnam, where he earned the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation with Bronze Star Device, the Navy-Marine Corps Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal with Silver Star Device.

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