Colonel Richard T. Anderson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1993 after graduating from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. He attended The Basic School and then transferred to NAS Pensacola for Naval Flight Training. He received his Naval Aviator wings in August of 1997. Following flight training, 1stLt Anderson was assigned to HMT-302 for training in the CH-53E “Super Stallion”.
Upon completing the CH-53E training squadron, Capt Anderson was assigned to the "Condors" of HMH-464 in MCAS New River, NC. During his tour with HMH-464 he served in multiple company grade staff sections and maintenance department billets.
As a Major, Colonel Anderson served as the 2d Marine Division deputy Air Officer; the HMH-464 Horn of Africa (HOA) Detachment Bravo Maintenance Officer and Squadron Operations Officer. He also served as the executive officer for 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (2d ANGLICO).
As a LtCol, Colonel Anderson served as the executive officer for HMH-464 and Marine Aircraft Group 29. From November 2011 to May 2013, he served as the commanding officer of the “Hammerheads”, HMH-366 at MCAS Cherry Point. After his command tour, he attended Top Level School at The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.
Following TLS, Colonel Anderson was assigned to Headquarters Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base where he served as the J-9 Lessons Learned Branch Chief and on the Transregional Synchronization Cell within the J-35. During this period he deployed with Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan where he managed the Afghan Special Mission Wing aviation portfolio.
Colonel Anderson’s last assignment was as the Officer in Charge, II MEF Expeditionary Operations Training Group where he led the effort to train all East Coast Marine Expeditionary Units, Special Purpose MAGTFs and Task Force Southwest rotations for deployment.
Colonel Anderson is a graduate the Marine Aviation Weapons Training Squadron One (MAWTS-1) CH-53E pilot and Air Officer courses (AOC). He was designated a CH-53E Weapons and Tactics Instructor in October 2001.
Colonel Anderson has deployed multiple times, participating in Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and RESOLUTE SUPPORT. He has participated in Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) for Hurricanes Floyd, Katrina and Sandy. Colonel Anderson has logged over 2,700 mishap free flight hours in the CH-53E.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and numerous campaign and service medals.