U.S. ARMY CHEMICAL CORPS
Hall of Fame
Brigadier General Patricia L. Nilo
Brigadier General Patricia L. Nilo was born in Medford, Massachusetts. She entered the military in 1974 through a direct commission as First Lieutenant in the Women’s Army Corps. Detailed to the Ordnance Corps as a chemical specialist, she branch transferred to the Chemical Corps in 1977.
Among her major assignments were Commander 84th Chemical Battalion; Commander, Pine Bluff Arsenal; and Chief, Chemical and NBC Defense Division, Force Development Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, U.S Army, Washington, D.C.
In 1999, Brigadier General Nilo became the Commandant of the U.S. Army Chemical School and 22nd Chief of Chemical. Under her direction, the Chemical Corps institutionalized the training for the Civil Support Teams and Reserve Component units tasked to provide consequence management support to civilian authorities. In this, she set the foundation for the construction and institutionalization of the present First Lieutenant Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Responder Facility.
Brigadier General Nilo has been a strong advocate of the woman’s role in the Chemical Corps, having been commissioned as its first female general officer.
Brigadier General (Retired) Nilo’s awards include the Legion of Merit (3rd Award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5th Award) and Joint Chiefs of Staff and Army Staff Identification Badges.