Colonel Andy Anderson was born in Albany, Ga. on 26 July 1951 and began his military service via an Army ROTC scholarship at the University of Georgia in the fall of 1969. Upon graduating with a Bachelors and a Masters of Business Administration from his beloved University of Georgia, he was commissioned in the Engineer Corps. He volunteered for and completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1983 and was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group.
Upon completing the Army’s Command and General Staff College, he returned to Fort Bragg as the commander of Company A, 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A) (later reflagged as 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG (A) in 1990). Remaining with 3d SFG(A) as the Battalion Executive Officer of 1st/3d SFG(A), he deployed with the Group in January 1991 for Operation Desert Storm. Upon returning to the US, he was reassigned to the U.S. Army Special Forces Command as the Chief of Operations and G-3. He was then selected for battalion command of the 2nd Battalion (Advanced Skills), 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS). He commanded the Battalion from 1992 to 1994, overseeing many training initiatives for SF and Joint SOF training. He then served as the Assistant G3 for USASOC until June 1995. Colonel Anderson was selected to attend and graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He returned to Fort Bragg in 1997, serving as the Chief of Staff, USAJFKSWCS for two years. In 1999, he became the Group Commander of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (A). During his two year tenure, he executed significant changes resulting in growth to SFAS and SFQC. Remaining at SWCS for another three years, he was made the Director of Training and Doctrine. His last operational assignment was as the J-3 of Combined JTF Horn of Africa in Djibouti, Africa in support of Global War on Terror. He retired after 30 years of continuous active service on 30 September 2005.
Upon retirement he and Jan have remained very active in the military community, serving as a key link between many support organizations and military families. Following his love and passion for Special Forces history and lineage, he became a member of the OSS Society board of directors. Colonel Anderson has cofounded two benevolent organizations the USASOC Soldier, Family, and Command Support Association and the Champions of Freedom. Andy Anderson has been a member of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation Board of Directors since 2006.