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Anderson graduated in 1965 from Waynesburg University, in Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Science in business administration; that same year, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving in Vietnam from 1967-68, he went to flight school. He was designated as a naval aviator in 1970, and he served at the squadron, group, and wing levels and became carrier-qualified in jets and helicopters.   

During active service, Anderson served as the U.S. Marine Corps representative to the Pentagon Joint Staff on Strategic and Tactical Nuclear Weapons, Space, and Arms Control. In the early part of the Reagan Administration, he was the Aide de Camp to the Chief of Naval Operations and later was the head of Marine Corps Aviation Training. He also served as the Chief of Staff for the Caribbean Anti-Drug Task Force (JTF-4); G-3 Operations, 2nd Marine Air Wing, during Operation Desert Storm  and the 9th Marine Brigade (Japan). He retired from active duty in 1992.  

Anderson currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and Corporation, a regional forum for collaboration, planning, and public decision making for transportation and economic development, which covers Southwestern Pennsylvania's 10 counties as well as Pittsburgh. He also serves as a commissioner on the board of commissioners for Westmoreland County, Pa. He holds leadership positions on local, county, and state-wide boards and is a member of the veterans' committee and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

Positions Held at MOAA:

  • Chairman, Government Relations Committee; Finance and Audit Committee