COLONEL (Retired) ERICA L. (JOHNSON) INGRAM
Colonel Ingram was born in Wilmar, Arkansas. She is a 1990 graduate of Wilmar High School. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in May 1995 where she completed the four-year Army ROTC Scholarship program. She received her degree in Business Management with a minor in Administration. Colonel Ingram received her commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army on August 15, 1995. While serving on Active Duty she was assigned as the Warrior Brigade Assistant Personnel Officer, 5th Personnel Services Battalion Operations/Training Officer and Headquarters Detachment Commander; Amarillo Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) Test Control Officer and Operations Officer. After serving four and a half years on active duty, she joined the Arkansas Army National Guard November 11, 1999.
Colonel Ingram served as Camp Joseph T. Robinson Maneuver Training Center (RMTC) Installation Commander until October 2021. Her previous positions within the Arkansas Army National Guard include serving as the 212th Signal Battalion Training Officer, Battalion Administrative Officer, Battalion Personnel Officer, and Battalion Operations Officer; 87th Troop Command Brigade Personnel Officer; Recruiting and Retention Command Officer Strength Manager and Executive Officer; DCSPER Personnel Services Branch Chief; Deputy G-1, ARNG G-1, Deputy State Surgeon - Administrative Officer, 87th Troop Command Brigade Administrative Officer and 871st Troop Command Battalion Commander.
Colonel Ingram’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Arkansas Emergency Service Ribbon, and Arkansas Service Ribbon.
Colonel Ingram is a life member of the National Guard Association of Arkansas (NGAA) and the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and former NGAA President. She is also a Greater Leadership of Little Rock program alumnus.
Colonel Ingram has had the honor and privilege to serve as first African American female Arkansas Army National Guard Battalion Commander (2014), first African American female National Guard Association of Arkansas (NGAA) president (2014-2015), the first African American female colonel (2018) in the Arkansas National Guard’s 218-year history and first female Camp Robinson Post Installation Commander (2020).
Colonel Ingram retired 1 February 2022. She currently serves as the Chief of Staff- Assistant Director of the State of Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs
Colonel (Retired) Ingram resides in Little Rock. She has two daughters DeeDee (Ingram) Hutchins, and Desarie. She also has one granddaughter, adorable little Miss Aliah Rey.