During his more than 38 years of distinguished service, Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson (Ret.) commanded units from platoon to corps and culminated his career as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army. In this role he was responsible for all operations involving more than 180,000 soldiers deployed in 140 countries as well as supporting all emergency operations in the U.S., including relief efforts for disasters such as Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Florence. He also was responsible for all Army training, leadership development, education policy, mobilization and staff preparedness, and oversaw a budget of $23.2 billion.
As Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, LTG Anderson was responsible for four combat divisions, including more than 275,000 men and women on multiple military bases with units engaged in combat in Afghanistan. He was also Commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, which was a coalition of 48 nations.
Earlier positions in the Army include Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO; Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization at U.S. Department of the Army Headquarters in Washington, DC; Chief of Staff of the Multi-National Forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq; Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, KY; Chief of Staff III Corps at Fort Hood, TX, and Chief of Staff of the Multi-National Corps for Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, which was a coalition of 26 nations; and various assignments of increasing responsibility and authority.
LTG Anderson completed the Senior Executive Education Course at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. He earned a Master of Arts in National Security & Strategic Studies at the United States Naval War College, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy.