The President today announced that he will nominate Col. Margaret A. Brewer, U.S. Marine Corps, for appointment to the grade of brigadier general. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first woman general in the history of the Marine Corps and will hold the rank while serving as Director of the Division of Information, Headquarters Marine Corps.
Brewer was born November 19, 1930, in Durand, Mich. She received a B.A. in geography from the University of Michigan in 1952. She accepted appointment as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1952 and an appointment in the regular Marine Corps in 1956.
From 1956 to 1958, then-Captain Brewer served as commanding officer of the woman Marine companies at Norfolk, Va., then Camp Lejeune, N.C. In 1958 and 1959, she was a platoon commander for woman officer candidates at Quantico, Va., during summer training sessions, and for the balance of the time, a woman officer selection officer with headquarters in Lexington, Ky.
From 1959 to 1963, she was at Camp Pendleton, Calif., with the Commissioned Officers Mess (Open). In 1963 she returned to Quantico to serve as Executive Officer and later as Commanding Officer of the Woman Officer School. From 1966 to 1968, she was public affairs officer for the 6th Marine Corps District in Atlanta.
Brewer served as Deputy Director of Women Marines at Headquarters Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971. She was promoted to colonel in 1970. From 1971 to 1973, she was at Quantico, serving as special assistant to the Director, then Chief of the Support Department, for the Marine Corps Education Center.
In 1973 Brewer became the seventh Director of Women Marines. Since 1977 she has been Deputy Director of Information at Marine Corps Headquarters.