Master Gunnery Sergeant Kevin S. Anderson

A native of Marshfield, Wisconsin, Master Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Anderson enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1991 and completed Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, where he was meritoriously promoted to private first class. He attended follow-on training with the School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton, California, and the Marine Detachment in Aberdeen, Maryland. He was meritoriously promoted to lance corporal before his assignment to Operations Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion in Quantico, Virginia.
 
In 1993, Anderson received orders to Combat Instructor Battalion, The Basic School in Quantico. At the end of his tour, he conducted a lateral move changing his military occupational specialty for assignment in aviation maintenance. In 1996, Anderson attended training at Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Group in Millington, Tennessee, before receiving orders to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
 
In 1999, Anderson was selected and assigned to serve at the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1, in Quantico. During this tour, he was twice promoted and served the White House Military Office under President George W. Bush. Anderson then volunteered in 2004 for duty as a marine security guard and graduated Marine Security Guard school resulting in his assignment as the detachment commander at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. His detachment earned the Marine Security Guard Battalion’s, Detachment of the Year Award and upon completion of his first tour, Anderson was selected to return to Marine Security Guard Battalion to serve as an instructor. After serving as the firearms and defensive tactics instructor at Marine Security Guard School, he received orders for a second detachment commander tour taking him to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany.
 
In 2008, Anderson departed Germany and reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 11 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego. While serving in the headquarters as the legal officer, he was promoted to the rank of master sergeant. Immediately after his selection and promotion, he joined Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 and participated in a combat deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After returning to the United States in 2010, Anderson received orders to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 and deployed to Iwakuni, Japan. While deployed, his squadron would begin the Marine Corps’ first transition to the F-35B, Joint Strike Fighter.
 
Upon return from deployment in 2014, Anderson was ordered to report to the commanding general, Third Marine Aircraft Wing for another tour in Miramar. While serving as the fixed-wing-class desk officer, he was selected to master gunnery sergeant and subsequently ordered to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 to deploy with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and other combat operations in the Middle East.
 
In 2017, Anderson received orders to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, where he currently serves as the senior enlisted marine advisor to the commanding officer of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training.
 
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (fifth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), the Presidential Service Badge and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award.

Last Updated: 26 January 2021

 
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