Patriotic Speaker for the 236th Celebration




Margaret (Maggie) Lero Larson, MAJ, USAR

Major Margaret (Maggie) Lero Larson is a proud 4th Generation Bristolian and Veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, deploying twice to Afghanistan as a US Army Medical Evacuation helicopter pilot while on active duty. She is the daughter of 2004 Chief Marshals Joseph and Mary Lero and the sister of a fellow Army Veteran, Anne Lero. In her 15 years of military service, she has traveled and lived throughout the world but holds her hometown closest to her heart. Maggie has attended every Bristol Fourth of July parade in her lifetime. Her family has received the flag for farthest distance traveled to the parade a combined total of four times. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve her town and honored to be this year’s patriotic speaker.

Maggie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Honor Graduate of the US Army Flight School where she was the top academic performer in a class of 50 Army officers. She has a Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management from Georgetown University and is presently enrolled in the MBA program at Duke University.

Maggie currently teaches Army ROTC to the next generation of Army leaders at Methodist University for the US Army Reserves.  

Her other accomplishments also include:

  • 15 years of leadership experience in the Army leading mid-sized teams in varied environments. 

  • Consistently rated by superiors as among the top 5% of Army officers “who produce extraordinary results.”

  • Comprehensive experience in personnel training and bringing individuals together in team efforts.

  • Proven ability to lead in dynamic and stressful environments and to manage decentralized operations.

  • Self-starter, consistently seeking opportunity for personal growth and enhancement of the team.

  • Skilled in building relationships through verbal and written communication.

  • Experienced in developing and managing multi-million dollar budgets and equipment accountability

  • Former rotary wing pilot-in-command, rapid decision maker in high threat environments.

  • Practiced in the quantitative analysis of complex, technical data in aviation and defense contracting applications.


She is married to her husband of 15 years, Dr. Shane Larson, an Army physician. Of all her accomplishments in life, Margaret is most proud to be called “mom” by two beautiful and spirited young ladies, Zoey (6) and Savannah (4) who she hopes will one day grow up to love the 4th of July as much as she does.  In her civilian life, she serves as the Vice President for Administration for Horizon Strategies, a veteran owned small business.