COL Sam Anderson
COL Sam Anderson assumed duties as Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, GA on July 13, 2016. Prior to his current position, COL Anderson was the Garrison Commander at Fort Gordon.
COL Anderson graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1990 and was commissioned in the Signal Corps. He was first assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY, and later to the 10th Signal Battalion, 10th Mountain Division.
COL Anderson next commanded C Company, 369th Signal Battalion, 15th Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon. Following company command, he was the Battalion Signal Officer for 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, WA. He was then assigned as the S3 for the Joint Communications Unit at Fort Bragg, NC. He subsequently served as an S3 in the Office of Military Support and then as a signal squadron commander in U.S. Army Special Operations Command. In 2008, COL Anderson assumed command of the 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne). From 2010-2012, he commanded the Joint Communications Unit.
COL Anderson’s operational experience includes Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, service in Bosnia,and multiple tours in the CENTCOM area of operations in support of IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM.
COL Anderson’s military education includes the Field Artillery Basic Course, Signal Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.
COL Anderson’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), and Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC). He has also been awarded the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Military Free Fall Badge, German Parachutist Badge, and Chilean Parachutist Badge. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Arts in Telecommunications Management from Webster University, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
COL Anderson is married to the former Jana Yancey. They have two daughters, Greyson and Emma.