Captain Margaret M. Budke was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was raised in Amery, Wisconsin. In 2013 she graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Russian and International Law with Honors.
CPT Budke attended and graduated from the Basic Officer Leaders Course, Fort Rucker, AL (2013), and the Aviation Captains Career Course, Fort Rucker, AL (2018). She is also a graduate of Air Assault School (2010), Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, Level C Course, Fort Rucker, AL (2013), Helicopter Overwater Survival Training (2013, 2017), and AH-64D Advanced Graduate Flight Training (2014).
She has served in the following assignments: Platoon Leader, A Company, 1-227th ARB 1 ACB (2015), Assistant S3, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 1-227th ARB 1 ACB (2016), and Executive Officer, B Company, 602D ASB 2 CAB (2017). Her most recent assignment is Assistant Professor of Military Science for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Army ROTC 49er Battalion.
CPT Budke’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Aviator Badge.
CPT Budke’s fiancé, CW2 Joel E. Mills, pilots the RC-12 with TF ODIN in Fort Hood, TX. CPT Budke resides in Charlotte, NC with their cat, Winston.