Marcia Anderson

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Marcia Anderson
Anderson receives her second star (promotion to major general) in 2011 (on left is Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley)
Born 1957 (age 60–61)
Beloit, Wisconsin, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1976–present
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General

Marcia Carol Martin Anderson (née Mahan, born 1957) became in 2011 the second African-American woman, after Rosetta Burke, to achieve the rank of major general in the United States Army Reserve.[1][2][3] She was born 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]

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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 1979 graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and a 1986 graduate of Rutgers School of Law–Newark in New Jersey, she is married to Amos Charles Anderson.[6][7][8] She originally signed up for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Creighton University because she needed a science credit.[5] She lives in Wisconsin.[9]

Her military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the Physical Fitness Badge.[10]


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  6. "Q & A". 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2014-11-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Newsletter" (PDF). Rutgers School of Law-Newark. June 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2015. Marcia Anderson ’86 has been confirmed as a brigadier general in the Wisconsin Army Reserve, the first African-American woman to hold that rank. In her civilian life, she is a Bankruptcy Court clerk.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Lecture highlights women in the military". The Creightonian. April 14, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Wagner, Amanda N. (February 2008). "Sitting at the table, front and center" (PDF). Wisconsin Woman. Retrieved 2011-10-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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