Already the highest-ranking African American woman in the Army, she’s the first Black woman to hold the title/rank of major general in the history of the military branch. Her new position is the third highest rank in the Army as well.
She previously served as a deputy-commanding general of the human resources command in Fort Knox, Kent.
Her accomplishment is just a testament of what hard work and a relentless attitude can do for you. She explained in an interview with the Associated Press that after World War II, there were many limited opportunities for African Americans, including her father.
“This is for people like him who had dreams deferred,” Anderson told the AP referring to her father’s failed dream of flying bombers during his time in the military. Her dad drove trucks instead because of the narrow opportunities for blacks at the time.
Gen. Anderson is now stationed at the office of the chief of the U.S. Army Reserve in Washington, D.C.