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Margaret McSorley Culbert, Class of 1970, retired in January 2012 as one of the nation's top intelligence analysts on Africa.
As Defense Intelligence Officer for Africa, Culbert was the substantive expert on Africa for the Defense Intelligence Agency and the broader Department of Defense Intelligence Analytic Community in the Pentagon. She had held the post since 2008.
Overall, Culbert served as an Africa analyst for 24 of the 28 years she spent with the Defense Intelligence Agency. That included a 10-year assignment as an intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency's JC Crisis Management Support Team, in which she assured a full range of support on Africa analysis for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, State Department and Congress.
Her list of African assignments was long, including visits to 20 countries as well as three years with the Defense Attache' Office in the Ivory Coast and four years living in Egypt. Along with her UW-Superior degree, she earned two masters degrees and graduated from the National War College.
Her awards include the DIA Director's Award for Exceptional Civilian Service, the Intelligence Community Unit Award for performance on crisis cells, and the DIA Director's Annual Agency Unit Award - Africa Crisis Working Group.
Culbert's husband isTom Culbert, Class of 1970, who spent time as an Africa specialist for the U.S. Air Force and the Pentagon before retiring to become an aviation consultant. Margaret and Tom live in Virginia.
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