First African American Nurse

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Alice F. Taylor:

LTC Taylor received her degree from the St. Vincent School of Nursing after majoring in pre-nursing at Philander Smith College in 1969. She worked at St. Vincent Infirmary until her transfer to the Veterans Administration Hospital in 1971. She was commissioned on September 17, 1971, as a Second Lieutenant in the Arkansas Army National Guard. In 1973, she completed the Army Medical Basic Officer Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. LTC Taylor was the first African American Nurse to join the Arkansas Army National Guard.

In 1974, LTC Taylor moved to Oklahoma City, transferring to the Veterans Administration Hospital. She worked in the emergency and outpatient department for six years. Although, she had a difficult time leaving her family unit, the Arkansas Army National Guard. LTC Taylor continued to be an active member of the Arkansas Army National Guard while performing extended duty in the 44th Army Reserve Unit in Oklahoma. After becoming more familiar and comfortable with the new changes and her new job, LTC Taylor separated from the Arkansas Army National Guard. She was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Oklahoma Army National Guard and attached to the 245th Medical Company in Midwest City. LTC Taylor became actively involved with the physical exams team and worked closely with the medics in the unit. She transferred from the 245th Medical Company in June 1982, and was assigned to Headquarters, State Area Command (STARC) and attached to the Oklahoma Military Academy. LTC Taylor’s most challenging position in the Oklahoma Army National Guard was her assignment as the Medical Officer to support the Non-Prior Service School. There she provided medical and emergency care to the Non-Prior Service recruits during their two-day weekend orientation program.

In 1988, LTC Taylor moved back to Arkansas where she worked in the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital for 3 years. She transferred back to the Arkansas Army National Guard in 1988 and was assigned to STARC (-) and attached to 148th Evacuation Hospital Unit until 1990. In 1990-1992, she served in the position of Officer-in-Charge of the physical exam team at the Troop Medical Clinic at Camp Robinson. LTC Taylor completed the Command General Staff College Course in 1991. She served in the United States Nurse Corps for 28 years.

LTC Taylor, along with her husband, is the co-founder of the Zero to Ten Publishing Company where a number of pieces of their work have been published. She has also earned the title of Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, which illustrates her gift of connecting with people while inspiring them to accomplish their own dreams.

In her free time, LTC Taylor enjoys recreational activities such as cooking, fishing, reading, listening to music, and gardening. Also, at her church, Mosaic Central Church, she serves as a mentor to the youth.