A native of Savannah, Georgia, Rear Admiral Anderson is a 1977 graduate of the University of Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Following commissioning in 1977, he completed flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1979. Rear Admiral Anderson completed A-6 Fleet Replacement training and was selected Replacement Pilot of the Year 1980.
After a tour with VA-65 aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69), he reported to VA-42 as an Instructor Pilot, where he served as Carrier Qualification Phase Head and was awarded A-6 Landing Signal Officer (LSO) of the Year for 1984. He was then selected to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, 1985 to 1987. During this tour he served as Narrator, Opposing Solo, and Lead Solo flying both the A-4 and the F/A-18. He was next assigned to VA-85 where he served aboard USS AMERICA (CV-66).
Upon leaving active duty in July 1990, Rear Admiral Anderson joined VA-0686 as Executive Officer, again flying the A-6 Intruder. At the decommissioning of VA-0686 in 1991, he transferred to East Atlantic Command (EASTLANT) where he served as Operations Officer. He completed overseas assignments in Scotland and England, as well as five extended assignments in Italy in support of combat operations in Bosnia. During this period EASTLANT was awarded the CAPT Robert I. Barto Award as the #1 Navy Reserve unit for 1995.
Rear Admiral Anderson commanded four Navy Reserve units from 1995 to 2002. Two of these commands again won the Barto Award. During these tours he deployed numerous times in support of operational requirements. These deployments included Brazzaville, Congo; Vicenza, Italy, in support of combat operations in Kosovo; and Sidney, Australia. He also deployed with numerous Carrier Battle Groups in Joint Task Force Exercises
Upon selection as a flag officer in 2002, Rear Admiral Anderson returned to full time status. His first flag assignment was as Deputy Commander, Network Warfare Command. During this tour he also deployed to Tbilisi, Georgia as a Joint Task Force Commander.
He reported to U.S. Fleet Forces Command in 2003 as Director of Force Integration. During this tour he was responsible for the CNO-directed Zero Based Review and subsequent restructure of the Navy Reserve.
In 2004, Rear Admiral Anderson again reported to Second Fleet as Deputy Commander. He was also assigned additional duties as Deputy Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic during Katrina relief operations.
Rear Admiral Anderson served as Vice Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command from 2006 until his retirement in April 2010.
He accumulated over 4500 hours in naval aircraft and logged over 650 carrier landings.
Rear Admiral Anderson is a Captain for Federal Express. He and his wife Kay have two sons; Joshua, a Naval Aviator, and Zachary, a student at NC State University.