A Fond Farewell to the Chairman of Maryland Veterans Commission
Fred Shinbur, a Vietnam Veteran who retired from the US Army with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5), has been serving on the Maryland Veterans Commission since 2006 when then Governor Ehrlich appointed him to the AMVETS seat on the Maryland Veterans Commission. Former Governor O’Malley appointed Fred as Chair of the Maryland Veterans Commission in 2008, and he has remained the Chair, after being re-appointed by Governor Hogan. After fourteen years of service to the Commission, Chairman Shinbur recently notified MDVA Secretary Owings of his intent to retire.
Chairman Shinbur has led the Maryland Veterans Commission with honor and distinction and he will be missed by MDVA staff, his fellow Commissioners and the Maryland Veterans for whom he advocated. Among his many accomplishments, Fred also held a leadership position with Maryland Public Television’s very successful event, LZ Maryland, presented Father’s Day weekend in 2016 – one of the first efforts to finally recognize and Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans.
Chairman Shinbur stated, “It’s been a distinct privilege and blessing to serve as Chair of the Maryland Veterans Commission, serving our Nation’s greatest asset – our veterans”.
We wish Fred all the best in his retirement and have no doubt he will continue to help veterans, wherever he travels.