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Glenda W. Lucas


First Female ASU ROTC Graduate

Born in Pisa, Italy and raised in the U.S. Air Force, Doctor Lucas spent her formative years living and traveling in Europe. She entered Arkansas State University at age sixteen and graduated three years later, at age nineteen, with a BS in Management and a commission in the Quartermaster Corps. She made history in 1975 when she became the first woman to be commissioned through the ASU ROTC program. Her military schooling included Quartermaster Officer Advanced and Basic courses, General Troop Support Material Management Advanced and Basic courses, and the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, and she is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. Her military honors include two awards of the the Army Commendation medal. In 1988 she was selected to receive a four-year Army medical school scholarship and was accepted into the Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1992 she graduated from medical school, and from 1992 to 1996 she completed a pediatric internship and residency at Walter Reed Medical Center, culminating in her selection as Chief Resident for the National Capital Area Uniformed Services Pediatric Residency Program. In 1998 she was assigned to Heidelberg, Germany, where she was responsible for care of dependent children while also having the opportunity to deploy in support of tactical operations in Europe and the Middle East.