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Army Selects First Black Woman as Two Star General

Wi Editorial Staff | 10/12/2011, 1:56 p.m.
Gen. Marcia Anderson

Marcia Anderson became the first African-American woman given a second star as a general in the U.S. Army during a ceremony at Fort Knox on Thursday, October 6, 2011. Promoted from brigadier general to major general is a fete that black soldiers who fought during the Civil War or the Tuskegee Airmen could never have imagined, the Verona, Wis. native said.

When Anderson was promoted to a brigadier general, she became the highest-ranking African-American woman in the Army. She followed in the footsteps of her father, Rudy Mahan of Beloit, Wis, who served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

She attributed limited opportunities for African Americans in the Army back then that kept her father on the ground driving trucks instead of fulfilling his dream to fly bombers.

Anderson will be moving to the office of the chief of the U.S. Army Reserve in Washington, D.C.