Alumni Spotlight: Brig.Gen. Patricia Anslow

Brig. Gen. Patricia Anslow

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.”

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