Major General Marcia Anderson is the Current Deputy Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve. She is the first female, African-American to achieve the rank of Major General. As a civilian soldier, she also has a civilian career.
Anderson is currently the clerk of the Bankruptcy Court of Western Wisconsin in Madison. This video will give you a chance to see her and to get a sense of her as a person of intellectual acuity, charm, and humor.
Maj. Gen. Anderson was born in Beloit, Wisconsin in 1957. She received her undergraduate degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1979. While there, she joined the ROTC program, which she says was one of the best things she did in her life, because it challenged her to be a leader and a role model. Her undergraduate degree was in political science. Anderson went on to graduate from the Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey in 1986. She also has a Masters degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Her career in the Army has been one of helping to influence military policy and endeavoring to bring about a more diverse and inclusive military. She also spends time encouraging young women from all backgrounds to seek careers in the U.S Army, or the U.S. Army Reserves. She learned the values of a commitment to service and to developing the whole person during her studies at Creighton University and she has exemplified them throughout her career in the Army.
Anderson says of herself, “I firmly believe that we are never in control of very much. The most we can do is have a set of values and beliefs, and adhere to the as closely as possible.”
Anderson received her promotion to Maj. Gen. at Kentucky’s Fort Knox in 2011. Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Accessions Command and Fort Knox, in a speech he gave at the ceremony, described some of the duties of a Major General.
“Major Generals lead major formations across the Army,” Freakley said. “They are a bridge between the operational and the tactical aspects of the Army. They build our Army, and that is no easy task.”
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It seems that the Army knows and recognizes that Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson is made of the right stuff for that immensely important duty.
Over the course of her career, Anderson has been awarded: The Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the Physical Fitness Badge.
The Veterans Site wishes to express its deep respect and honor to Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson. You have truly been a powerful role model of intellect, class, and commitment to duty. Your love of the Army, your dedication to hard work and to the values and beliefs you have incorporated into your life, are an inspiration to all who serve. We thank you for the good you have done and continue to do in making the Army a place and a career for all.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.