Veteran Brad Anderson served in the United States Marine Corps as a sergeant in the infantry. Inspired by the war on terrorism, Anderson enlisted in 2003.
“I have several inspirations for serving in the Marine Corps Infantry, as well as serving my country,” he said. “But more specifically, one of the main reasons for joining at that time in my life and leaving college was that our country was at war with terrorism. So I wanted to go do my part and also wanted to go for my family – especially all my nieces and nephews – in hopes that I could do my part in preventing them from having to go fight in the future.”
As the highest-ranking noncommissioned officers, U.S. Marine Corps sergeants are the backbone of the Marine, he said. They are the main link between the enlisted men and the leadership. Sergeants are responsible for implementing policies and orders given by commissioned officers. They manage daily activities within the boundaries of the policies set by their superior officers. While officers decide what needs to be done, many times it is sergeants that determine how it must be done.
After training, Anderson was deployed to Iraq in 2004, 2005 and 2007 and was sent to the Pacific in 2006. Now in the private sector, he continues his work overseas.
“Since then I have deployed 15 more times protecting United States and U.S. Embassy personnel in hostile environments. Twelve of those deployments have been to Iraq and three to Afghanistan,” he said.
Being sent to the Middle East so many times, Anderson has gained an education in geography, cultures and coordinating with combat units from other countries.
“Just the number of places I have been able to go to and often live in, and the number of things I have been able to do and be a part of, from humanitarian efforts in numerous locations to combat in other places to cross-training with other countries’ militaries,” he said.
Anderson has been a frequent fixture in the Anza Valley for several years, spending quality time with his girlfriend and her children. He visits when on leave from his job overseas.
“I find myself spending more and more time in Anza,” he said. “I really enjoy supporting the local events, local sports and Anza’s athletes and helping neighbors or friends when I have time that allows it.”
As Anderson is currently still deploying and working in the Middle East, his future is open to wherever he decides to take it. He has owned and started several small businesses and said he hopes to work on those as he has the time.
“I am a regular guy that likes to protect those I care about and serve my country,” he said.
Diane Sieker can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.