SALISBURY, Md.— Mayor Jake Day has received deployment orders.
The information operations officer with the 110th Information Operations Battalion of the Maryland Army National Guard, announced that he will report for duty within the coming weeks.
He will serve with the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and associated units for about 10 months — returning to Salisbury in May 2021.
“We’ve known that the day could come when my team with the 110th IO Battalion would receive the order to deploy,” said in a press conference at Salisbury Fire Department headquarters Thursday. “I am honored to do my part to ensure that the citizens of this community and all Americans remain safe and free.”
City Administrator Julia Glanz will take over executive duties for the duration of the deployment as acting mayor, Day said.
“On behalf of everyone here, the citizens of Salisbury and from the bottom of my heart — thank you, Mayor,” Glanz said. “We will continue meeting this new challenge with the tools you’ve provided us… I promise to you and to the citizens of Salisbury that I will give you everything I have in ensuring our course remains steady from the moment you leave, until the moment you return.”
Salisbury Mayor Jake Day will deploy with the Maryland National Guard for about a year, he announced May 28, 2020, at the Salisbury Fire Department headquarters. City Administrator Julia Glanz , at right, will serve as acting mayor during this time. (Photo: Kelly Powers/Salisbury Daily Times)
Jake Day enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2009.
He is a graduate of Information Operations Qualification Course, Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course, Officer Candidate School and Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
He has previously served as the senior TAC officer at the Officer Candidate School, a platoon leader and executive officer in the 158th Cavalry Regiment and as aide-de-camp to Brigadier General Peter Hinz, the commander of the Maryland Army National Guard.
Now, this 110th IO Battalion provides a rotation of information operations planners to support the Combined Joint Task Force’s operations throughout 12 countries — including Somalia, Djibouti and others.
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According to the mayor, the unit is tasked with “integration and synchronization of Information-Related Capabilities,” including cyber, psychological operations, electronic warfare, civil affairs among others.
“I’ve had your back, Salisbury, and now I’m asking that you have mine. I promise I’m leaving you in very capable hands,” Day said.
Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath said he knows the city is in good hands.
“This will be a difficult time, but a successful time,” Heath said.
City Administrator Julia Glanz will serve as acting mayor of Salisbury when Mayor Jake Day deploys with the Maryland National Guard for about a year. Glanz spoke May 28 at a press conference announcing the change at the Salisbury Fire Department headquarters. (Photo: Kelly Powers/Salisbury Daily Times)
Glanz was appointed to her position in February 2017.
Day said the Salisbury University alumna has been instrumental in the reorganization of city government, and was a driving force in the campaign to host the National Folk Festival.
As the chief administrative officer, Glanz has overseen all functions of city government, and manages communications and messaging. Prior to her appointment, the Salisbury resident served as deputy city administrator.
“No matter where the call may take me, I go with confidence in the leadership of City Administrator Glanz, as well as the capability of our other 434 city employees, and I know that our work will continue unhindered,” Day said. “The citizens of Salisbury can count on that.”
Kelly Powers, Salisbury Daily Times