First African-American female major general to speak at Yuba College Sutter County Campus

March 14, 2018 GMT

Retired Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson will share her story Thursday during a Crossing Borders & Building Bridge event at the Yuba College Sutter County Campus in Yuba City.

Anderson was the first African-American Brigadier General to serve as the deputy commanding general of the Army’s Human Resources Command.

She was selected and confirmed by the United States Senate as the first African-American female major general in the Army, Army Reserve or Active Army, and in her subsequent assignment as the deputy chief, Army Reserve in 2011.

In that role, Anderson served full-time for three years at the Pentagon and oversaw an $8 billion budget and more than 220,000 soldiers and civilians.

She graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1979. She was commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and attended mandatory training for new officers at Fort Lewis and Fort Benjamin Harrison.

Besides her degree from Creighton, she also earned a Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law in 1984 and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Army War College in 2003.

She has several military awards, including the Army Distinguished Service Medal, as well as the Parachutists Badge.

Her career included many firsts from the time she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant until she retired in 2016.

As a citizen-soldier, Anderson is employed by the United States Courts, where she serves as the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis.