First African American Legislative Liaison

Colonel (COL) Anthony Sanders:

COL Sanders is a native of Carthage, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi State University in 1997. He holds two master’s degrees: a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in 2014 and a Master of Strategic Studies from The United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in 2020.

COL Sanders has served in a variety of positions with distinction to include two combat deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 2004-2005 and 2008-2009. In 2012, he was assigned as the Assistant S3 for Headquarters, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Arkansas Army National Guard. In 2017, COL Sanders served as Battalion Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery Brigade, Arkansas Army National Guard. He was assigned as the J3 Plans Officer, Joint Forces Arkansas in 2020.

COL Sanders is an Active/Guard Reserve Officer who currently serves as the Deputy G1 for the Arkansas Army National Guard and as the Brigade Commander for 87th Troop Command, Arkansas Army National Guard.

In 2015, COL Sanders was assigned as the Legislative Liaison Officer for the Arkansas National Guard. He was the first African American in the history of the Arkansas National Guard to be assigned to that position. In the Legislative Liaison Officer’s position, COL Sanders developed, managed, and pursued The Adjutant General’s legislation action committee’s actions and coordinated with the staff to educate, inform, and provide a timely response to congressional inquiries.

COL Sanders has received numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Badge just to name a few.