Marcia Anderson

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Marcia Anderson
MG Anderson receives second star L.jpg
While Fort Knox's commander, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley (left), looks on, Anderson receives her second star (promotion to major general)
Born Beloit, Wisconsin
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1976–present
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General (United States)

Marcia Carol Martin Anderson (née Mahan) became in 2011 the first African-American woman to achieve the rank of major general in the United States Army Reserve.[1][2][3] She was born 1957 in Beloit, Wisconsin, and finished school in St. Louis, Missouri.[4] [5]

As a civilian, General Anderson serves as clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.[1]

On being promoted to major general, Anderson bids farewell to her former assignment as deputy commander of the United States Army's Human Resources Command.

A graduate of Creighton University and Rutgers Law School, she is married to Amos Charles Anderson.[6] She originally signed up for the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Creighton University because she needed a science credit.[5] She lives in Wisconsin.[7]

Her military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, with two Oak Leaf ClustersMeritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Physical Fitness Badge.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Major General Marcia M. Anderson was the First African American female major general in the U.S. Army". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  2. ^ "HRC deputy becomes Army's first female African-American major general | Article | The United States Army". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  3. ^ Marie, Nicole (2011-10-02). "US Army Selects First Black Female Major General". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  4. ^ Barrouquere, Brett; Verburg, Steven (2011-09-29). "Wisconsin native promoted to become highest-ranking black woman in Army". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  5. ^ a b McGregor, Jena. "Getting more women into Army leadership". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Q & A". 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  7. ^ Wagner, Amanda N. (February 2008). "Sitting at the table, front and center". Wisconsin Woman. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
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