The Arkansas Army National Guard welcomed a new commander Saturday when Brigadier General Patricia Anslow of North Little Rock assumed command of the Arkansas Army National Guard. The ceremony took place at the Camp Joseph T. Robinson in the Professional Education Center’s auditorium.
Brig. Gen. Roger McClellan relinquished command of the Arkansas Army National Guard on that day, culminating a 36-year career in the military.
"Anslow, the first female general officer of the Arkansas National Guard, accepted command and became the first female to command the Arkansas Army National Guard," said Lt. Col. Keith Moore, a public affairs officer for the Arkansas Army National Guard.
Anslow is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. She has had a 24-year career with the military including two combat deployments to Iraq – first in the Gulf War and then as commander of the 875th Engineer Battalion of the Arkansas Army National Guard during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006-2008.
Anslow was promoted to the rank of Brig. General on June 22, 2012, and became the first female general officer of the Arkansas National Guard. Before accepting her new position, she served as the commander of the Joint Force Headquarters for the Arkansas National Guard.
Brigadier General Anslow was born February 16, 1967, in Troy, N.Y. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers at West Point, N.Y. on May 24,1989. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from the United States Military Academy in 1989, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1997, a Master of Science Degree in Water Resource Planning from Johns Hopkins University in 2005 and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2009.
Brigadier General Anslow began her military career at Ft. Bragg, N.C. where she served as a Platoon Leader with the 100th Topographic Engineer Company and deployed with the 20th Airborne Engineer Brigade in 1990 during the Gulf War. She later served as Adjutant of the 30th Engineer Battalion before transitioning to the Arkansas Army National Guard in 1993.
In the Arkansas Army National Guard she has served in a variety of construction, facility, and combat engineer command and staff positions with the Camp Robinson Institute Support Unit, the 25th Rear Operations Center, the 875th Engineer Battalion (C) (M), the 87th Troop Command, and served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Engineering in the Joint Force Headquarters. She deployed as commander of the 875th Engineer Battalion in support of OIF 06-08 for the 411th and 20th Engineer Brigades.
During the ‘Surge Operation’, the Battalion also served as Task Force Engineers for the 3rd Infantry Division. She commanded the 87th Troop Command from July 2010 until her promotion to Brigadier General effective June 22, 2012. She most recently served as the Joint Force Headquarters Commander, Assistant Adjutant General-Army (ATAG).
Anslow began her civilian career for the Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1994 and served as the Chief of the Planning and Environmental Division.
Brigadier General Roger McClellan was born on Aug. 24, 1955, in Warren. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Arkansas in 1981with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, in 1983 and his Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in 2003.
McClellan began his military career as a private in the 3/153rd Infantry Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade (Separate) in 1977. He received his commission from the Arkansas Army National Guard Officer Candidate School in March 1981. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the Arkansas Army National Guard. He commanded the 2/153rd Infantry Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade (Separate), headquartered at Searcy, Arkansas, and served as S-5, Civil Affairs Officer, for the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Upon his return, he served as Deputy Commander of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. On Jan. 1, 2008, McClellan assumed the duties as the Commander, Land Component Command, Arkansas Army National Guard, North Little Rock.
McClellan has received numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
McClellan began his civilian career with International Paper as an Accounting Supervisor in 1983. He spent the following 27 years working in various Accounting and Information Technology positions for International Paper in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
McClellan and his wife, Patricia, live in New Edinburg, Arkansas. They have two sons and daughters-in-law; Madison and Kelsey, Little Rock, Arkansas; Clinton and Nicole, Collierville, Tennessee; and a daughter, Katie, Brooklyn, New York. They also have three grandchildren; Wren, Avery and Jackson.