Marcia Carol Martin Anderson (née Mahan, born 1957) was the first African-American woman to become a major general in the United States Army Reserve. The first African-American woman to become an active duty major general is Nadja West.

Marcia Anderson
Marcia Anderson at Fort Bragg in 2014
Anderson at Fort Bragg in 2014
Born1957 (age 62–63)
Beloit, Wisconsin, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1976–2016
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Other workMarcia Anderson funded the bobcat/Anderson tennis center.

Early lifeEdit

She was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, and finished school in St. Louis, Missouri.[1][2]


As a civilian, Anderson serves as Clerk of Court for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.[3]

Anderson in 2018

A 1979 graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska a 1986 graduate of Rutgers School of Law–Newark in New Jersey, and a 2003 graduate of the United States Army War College. She is married to Amos Charles Anderson.[4][5][6] She originally signed up for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Creighton University because she needed a science credit.[2]

In 2011, Anderson became the first African-American woman to achieve the federally recognized rank of major general in the United States Army, United States Army Reserve or United States Army National Guard.[3][7][8]

Anderson retired from the reserve army in 2016 but continued with her civilian job.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband.[10]


Her military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, 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.[11]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b McGregor, Jena. "Getting more women into Army leadership". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  3. ^ a b "Major General Marcia M. Anderson was the First African American female major general in the U.S. Army". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  4. ^ "Q & A". 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  5. ^ "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 Army Reserve, the first African-American woman to hold that rank. In her civilian life, she is a Bankruptcy Court clerk.
  6. ^ "Lecture highlights women in the military". The Creightonian. April 14, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "HRC deputy becomes Army's first female African-American major general | Article | The United States Army". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  8. ^ Marie, Nicole (2011-10-02). "US Army Selects First Black Female Major General". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  9. ^ Journal, Steven Verburg | Wisconsin State. "Army general from Wisconsin retires with an eye to helping others". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  10. ^ Wagner, Amanda N. (February 2008). "Sitting at the table, front and center" (PDF). Wisconsin Woman. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
  11. ^ Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine

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