Anderson began his active duty military career in the United States Army in 1987. After graduating from basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C. and the Psychological Operations Specialist Advanced Individual Training in Fort Bragg, N.C., he was assigned to the 4th Psychological Operations Group (also in Fort Bragg). There, his 23-year career began as a tactical loudspeaker operator. Over the next three years, he perfected his craft with intense training in radio and television broadcasting, interviewing techniques, defensive/aggressive driving techniques, expert weapons marksmanship and completed airborne and Russian language training.
In 1990, Anderson deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield. In January, 1991, he was attached to the 3rd Armored Division to provide psychological operations expertise in support of the main effort against Iraqi Republican Guard units which included the Battle of 73 Easting. His actions were recognized for saving lives on both sides of the conflict. Upon his redeployment to Fort Bragg, Anderson was assigned to learn “the other side” of his profession in a Psychological Operations Product Development Center. There, he would learn target audience analysis and the design, development and dissemination of printed media.
Now considered an expert in his field, Anderson held numerous positions over the next twelve years. He secured a staff position, which allowed him to assist with the day-to-day planning and scheduling of activities for more than 1,500 soldiers. He was later selected for an assignment at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, where he worked as an instructor at the Instructor’s Training Course and was the course manager of the Small Group Instructor’s Training Course.
Following this assignment, Anderson took charge of a Tactical Operations Detachment. His time at Fort Bragg culminated with a return to the JFK Special Warfare Center and School as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Psychological Operations Advanced Individual Training School from 2004–2006.
Knowing that he was going to retire from the military and move to Minnesota, Anderson found a suitable position as the operations non-commissioned officer in charge of the 13th Psychological Operations Battalion in Arden Hills. After working diligently at this challenging position in support of numerous operational and training missions, Anderson decided to “hang the boots up for good” and begin the next chapter in his life.
He graduated from Metropolitan State University in December 2012 with a BA in independent studies with concentration in leadership in business and communications. He has continued to maintain a leadership position in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, coached youth soccer for five years, acquired a double major in organizational communication and has been accepted into the Masters in Technical Communication Program beginning in the spring ’15 semester.
Anderson is a student worker in the Military and Student Veterans Services Office on the Saint Paul campus assisting current and prospective student veterans achieve their educational goals.
By a unanimous vote of the Minnesota Legislature, and with Governor Mark Dayton’s signature, October is designated as “Veterans’ Voices” month. The month of October was chosen as a lead up to Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the national holiday honoring all who have served.
Veterans Voices is an effort to create a common understanding between men and women who served in the military and those who have not experienced military service. The legislation is intended to raise public awareness of the positive impact that veterans have in communities, occupations or professions, higher education and other ways, once they have returned home and leave active military service.