Brig.Gen. Patricia Anslow of the Arkansas National Guard
Even as she entered West Point in 1985, Patricia Anslow wasn’t sure if she wanted to spend her entire working life in a full-time career in the military. After a three-year active duty service – including platoon leader duties during the Persian Gulf War – Anslow turned to UALR to help transition into a citizen soldier’s life.
Today, Brig. Gen. Anslow is the Arkansas National Guard’s first female general officer, overseeing the land and facilities at the guard’s 38,000-acre Camp Robinson. She also works for the Little Rock District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the chief of the Planning and Environmental Division.
A native of Troy, N.Y., Anslow left active duty and took what she thought would be a temporary job in Northwest Arkansas. An avid outdoorswoman, she fell in love with the Natural State, enrolling at UALR.
“I wanted to study environmental water and resources. I had done field work regarding military operations on land and studied vegetation analysis,” she said. The general earned a B.S. degree from UALR in 1997.
She took mostly night courses, enjoying all of them and fondly remembers classes with Dr. Janet Lanza, who was chair at the time; Dr. Alvan Karlin, and Dr. James A. Peck.
“Dr. Peck would take the class all around campus, identifying different types of vegetation,” she said. “Coleman Creek was a wonderful resource for the class and the campus.”