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Rear Admiral David O. Anderson:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Deputy Commander, Second Fleet
In March 1982 he reported again to VA-42 as an Instructor Pilot where he served as Carrier Qualification Phase Head and was awarded A-6 LSO of the Year for 1984. In September 1984, he was selected to the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. He served as Narrator and Opposing Solo for the 1985 and 1986 seasons flying the A-4, and as Lead Solo for the 1987 season, making the transition to the F/A-18. He returned to VA-42 in January 1988 as Pilot Training Officer. He was assigned to VA-85 in October 1988 where he served as Administration and Maintenance Officer aboard USS America (CV-66).
Upon leaving active duty in July 1990, Rear Admiral Anderson joined VA-0686 as Executive Officer. At the decommissioning of VA-0686 in November 1991, he transferred to 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 Captain Robert I. Barto Award as the #1 Naval reserve augment unit for FY95.
Rear Adm. Anderson commanded four Navy Reserve augment units from October 1995 to September 2002. Two of these commands won the Barto Award as the number one reserve augment unit. During these tours he deployed numerous times in support of operational requirements. These deployments included Brazzaville, Congo, with Joint Task Force Guardian Retrieval; Vicenza, Italy, in support of combat operations in Kosovo during Operation Allied Force; and Sidney, Australia. He also served with numerous Carrier Battle Groups in Joint Task Force Exercises as JFACC and represented C2F to NATO for JFACC issues.
Rear Adm. Andersonís first flag assignment was as Deputy Commander, Network Warfare Command, with oversight of the Reserve Space and Network Warfare Program and the IP community. During this tour he also deployed to Tbilisi, Georgia, as JTF Commander for Operation RESCEUR.
He reported to U.S. Fleet Forces Command in October 2003 as Director of Force Integration. He was responsible for the CNO directed Zero Based Review of all reserve capabilities and mapping those capabilities to Sea Power 21.
In October 2004, Rear Adm. Anderson reported to Second Fleet as Deputy Commander. He is also assigned additional duty as Deputy Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.
He has accumulated over 4500 hours in the T-28, T-2, TA-4J, A-4F, A-6E, and F/A-18 and logged over 650 carrier landings. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Rear Admiral Anderson is a Captain for Federal Express.
Updated: 17 Fabruary 2005


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