John Anderson

John Anderson headed West Services 21 June in FL

A most impressive John Anderson passed away in Florida on Sunday 6/15

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BIOGRAPHY: Major General John Anderson, Jr.

Major General Anderson retired in March, 1993 after a career in the U ,S .Air Force and Air National Guard which spanned 38 years from start to finish.

He graduated from Cocoa High School in 1951 and entered the Georgia Institute of Technology that same year, graduating in 1955 with a degree in Engineering and a commission in the Air Force, earned through the ROTC program. Following pilot training and advanced gunnery training, he then served tours at SoesterbergA.B., Holland, Cannon AFB, N.M., and an exchange tour with the
U.S. Navy. During the 4 years he was assigned at Cannon AFB, he completed rotational tours in Turkey, Japan, and Korea He participated in the first Composite Air Strike Force deployment across the Atlantic and also deployed to France for the Berlin Crisis. He served special tours in Dhahran and Jidda, Saudi Arabia and Tehran and Isfahan, Iran. He led a detachment of 8 F-100
aircraft to Takhli AB, Thailand, after accepting the aircraft in Okinawa and served as the unit’s Operations Officer for 4 months.

He then returned to the US and began an exchange tour with the US Navy. After aircraft carrier checkout, he made a combat cruise aboard the USS Ranger, compiling 250 carrier landings and 165 combat missions into North Vietnam.

In 1967, he left the Air Force and went to work as a pilot for United Airlines. After a few years, he returned to the military as a pilot with the Massachusetts Air National Guard, while continuing to also fly for UAL. He served as Operations Officer and after 4 years, as Squadron Commander of the 101 51 Ftr Sqdn. He then was named Director of Operations and then Vice Wing Commander of the 1 02nd Ftr Wing at Otis AFB on Cape Cod, before being named Commander of the Air National Guard for the State of Massachusetts, where he was responsible for command, control and supervision of the state’s 29 units and some 3000 personnel.

On 1 January 1991, General Anderson was assigned as ANG Assistant to the Commander, US Space Command and held that position until his retirement. While there, he represented the Air Defense community in all matters with the multiple Headquarters and Directorates ofNORAD (North American Air Defense), the United States Air Force, Air Combat Command, the NORAD regions, States, ANG units and the National Guard Bureau. He contributed to the counter drug interface between NGB and NORAD and operational and tactical control procedures benefitting the FAA, DEA, Customs, NORAD and the ANG. Under his direction and with the concurrence of Air Force Space Command, five concept of operations studies were completed and submitted for consideration of ANG involvement in space programs such as mobile communications, launch control, etc.

As a result of these proposals, 100% of the primary NORAD gained fighter squadrons are ANG units, 1st Air Force is commanded and manned by the Guard , all regional and sector control centers are likewise and the ANG now operates a missile space organization.
General Anderson has almost 6,000 hours of flying time in T-28, T-33, T38, F-86, F-100, A-4, F-9F, F-4, F-106, A-10, F-15, and F-16 aircraft. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross(2), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal(16), Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal w/Combat “V”, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award(2), Navy Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal , Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal(2) Vietnam Service Medal.

Added by  Big Fella MacLennan:  John flew F-1oo A’s at Soesterberg, and  Bitburg in the late 50’s and rotated back to Cannon when he flew for a Major Carrier and flew Air  Defense F-102/106’s  rising to  MajGen as the Adjutant General for Massachusetts. He retired as an Airline Captain, and  elected to stay past age 60 as a Flight engineer.

From Son Tyson:  Services for my father, John Anderson Jr., have been set.  Please bring a smile, as hard as that will be.  We all share in deep sorrow but we also want this to be a remembrance and a celebration of an incredible life.Thank you in advance for attending, and by all means we understand if you cannot.  We tried to make it as easy as possible, scheduling it late on a Saturday to facilitate arriving Saturday morning and still being able to join us.  Orlando or Melbourne are the closest two airports.  Please feel free to forward this email to any and all concerned- we welcome everyone.

If you need to contact me- you have my email.  Cell phone is 413-657-4296.  Tyson.

Date: Saturday, 21 June 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Florida Memorial Funeral Home, Florida Memorial Gardens
5950 South US Highway 1
Rockledge, FL  32955

Thank you so very much, The Anderson Family:

Grandma Mary Anderson
Brother Robert P. Anderson
Wife Karin Anderson
Son Justin R. Anderson
Son Tyson J. Anderson

I just got the call from his brother, Bob and son, Tyson – services later probably in FL where brother Bob seeks to bury him by their dad in a vets cemetery. John was having a difficult time recovering from cancer surgery to remove his bladder – slow difficult recovery. He lived in his 102 yr-old mother’s home taking care of her and she found him slumped in a chair this morning. Brother Bob lives 10 miles away called 911 and rushed over but nothing could be done. Bob had been with John all day, left in the afternoon and called him at 8:30pm and John said he was “feeling better” – sad loss of a really good guy – Rose and I had talked to him last week – will pass on details of any servi