Brigadier General Margaret W. Burcham is commander of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, headquartered in Cincinnati Ohio, the first woman to hold this position. President Barack Obama officially appointed her as a member of the Mississippi River Commission May 28, 2013. She also became the first woman to be promoted to general officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2012. Brigadier General Burcham previously served at the Pentagon as the Chief of the Joint Capabilities Division of the Resources, Assessments and Force Management Directorate, and commanded Gulf Region North Engineer District in Iraq and Europe Engineer District.
Commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1982, Brigadier General Burcham later received a master's in Computer Science from Kansas State University. Her military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff Officers Course, and the Senior Service College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Awards and Decorations:
The Defense Superior Service Medal
The Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (six Oak Leaf Clusters)
The Army Commendation Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters)
The Army Achievement Medal
The National Defense Service Medal (one Bronze Service Star)
The Iraqi Campaign Medal
The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
The Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon
The Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 5)
The Army Superior Unit Award
The Joint Staff Badge
The Parachutist Badge