The Arkansas Army National Guard will welcome its new commander, Brig. Gen. Patricia Anslow of North Little Rock, to command state’s 7,500 Army National Guardsmen with a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Professional Education Center’s auditorium on Camp Robinson.

Brig. Gen. Roger McClellan will relinquish command of the Arkansas Army National Guard after a 36-year career in the military. Brig. Gen. Patricia Anslow, the first female general officer of the Arkansas National Guard, will accept command and become the first female to command 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. She currently serves as the commander of the Joint Force Headquarters for the Arkansas National Guard.