Growing up in the small town of Dover New Hampshire, LTG Mary Legere credits her family with sparking her initial interest in the military, as many of her relatives, including her father, brother and uncles and aunts served in the armed forces. Arriving at the University of New Hampshire as a freshman, and interested in learning more about the military, she enrolled in an Army ROTC elective and leadership lab. At the end of her freshman year, she applied for and was awarded a three year Army ROTC Scholarship.
On the strength of her academic, leadership and athletic performance, she was selected to be the ROTC Battalion Commander, the first woman to be so named to this position. In May 1982, Legere was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate and Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in the Army Military Intelligence Corps. After attending the Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic and Electronic Warfare Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, she was assigned to Germany with the US States Army in Europe to begin the first of many leadership assignments as a Collection and Jamming Platoon Leader in the 207th Military Intelligence Corps, in Augsburg Germany.
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Over the next thirty years, through a series of progressively challenging leadership and intelligence assignments in Europe, the Republic of Korea, the Balkans, Iraq, the Pentagon, Fort Hood and Fort Carson, LTG Legere established herself as a gifted leader and intelligence professional. She was selected to command at every level from platoon, to company, to battalion, and Brigade, culminating in her selection in 2009 as the Commanding General of the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, a 16,000-person organization with 16 commands in 30 countries around the globe.
She has also served as a Senior Military Intelligence Officer from Brigade through Theater, including tours as the Army’s Senior Military Intelligence Officer in the Republic of Korea and in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In April 2012, she was selected for three star General and for assignment as the Army’s Senior Intelligence Officer.
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