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Colonel David M. Anderson

Col David M. Anderson is Vice Commander at 159th Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, Louisiana. As Vice Wing Commander, he is responsible for assisting the Wing Commander in formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 1,500 Louisiana Air National Guard Airmen and civilians throughout the State.

Col Anderson commissioned in 2001 through ROTC from Texas A&M University and earned his pilot wings at Laughlin AFB, TX. He served eleven years on active duty with his first operational flying assignment was in the 493d Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, UK. There, he supported Operation PEACEFUL SUMMIT as a mission planner and pilot, flying air policing missions defending 26 NATO heads of state, including the President of the United States. Next, he moved to AETC, serving as a Flight Commander, an instructor and evaluator pilot in the F-15C Formal Training Unit located at Tyndall AFB, FL. In 2010, he moved to Nellis AFB and joined the Adversary Tactics Group as a Red Flag mission commander and an assistant director of operations in the 65th Aggressor Squadron. During his time at Nellis AFB, he deployed to Bagram AB, Afghanistan for seven months as a MC-12W Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Lt Col Anderson transitioned to the Louisiana Air National Guard in 2013 as the Chief of Scheduling and later a Flight Commander. He graduated from the US Air Force Weapons School in 2016 and served as the 122d Fighter Squadron Weapons Officer for the next three years. Col Anderson deployed with the Louisiana Air National Guard on two Theater Security Package missions providing the EUCOM and PACOM Commanders with deterrent air superiority forces while maintaining regional stability. Prior to his current position, Col Anderson was Commander of both the 159th Operations Group and 159th Operations Support Flight, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans.

Col Anderson is a Command Pilot with more than 3,500 hours in multiple aircraft including the F-15C, MC-12W and T-38. His aircraft time also includes 137 sorties and more than 700 hours in combat. He is an Airbus pilot with a major airline.



2001 Bachelor of Arts, History, Texas A&M University, College Station, Tex.

2005 Fighter Electronic Combat Officer Course, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

2006 Raytheon Warfighter School, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

2008 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2012 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence

2016 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

2021 Air War College, Correspondence

2022 Commander’s Professional Development School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.



January 2001 – June 2001, Standardization & Evaluation Liaison, 49th Operations Group, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.

June 2001 – November 2003, Student Pilot, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, Tex.

November 2003 – July 2004, F-15C Student Pilot, 2d Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.

July 2004 – March 2008, F-15C Instructor Pilot, Chief Air to Air Division, Activity Security Manager, Scheduler, Assistant Chief of Weapons, 493d Fighter Squadron and 48th Operations Support Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom

March 2008 – October 2010, F-15C Evaluator and Instructor Pilot, Chief of Standardization & Evaluation, Flight Commander, Chief of Scheduling, 2d and 95th Fighter Squadrons, Tyndall AFB, Fla.

October 2010 – August 2013, F-15C Evaluator and Instructor Pilot, Aggressor Mission Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, 65th Aggressor Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.

August 2013 – January 2016, F-15C Instructor Pilot, Chief of Scheduling and Flight Commander, 122d Fighter Squadron, NAS JRB New Orleans, La.

January 2016 – June 2016, Student, U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.

June 2016 – October 2019, F-15C Squadron Weapons Officer, 122d Fighter Squadron, NAS JRB New Orleans, La.

October 2019 – December 2020, Commander, 159th Operations Support Flight, NAS JRB New Orleans, La.

December 2020 – January 2022, Commander, 159th Operations Group, NAS JRB New Orleans, La.

February 2022 – present, Vice Commander, 159th Fighter Wing, NAS JRB New Orleans, La.



Rating: Command Pilot

Flight hours: more than 3,500, including 753 combat hours

Aircraft flown: F-15C/D/DJ, MC-12W, T-38, T-37



Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Louisiana Cross of Merit



Second Lieutenant December 28, 2001

First Lieutenant December 28, 2003

Captain December 28, 2005

Major December 1, 2011

Lieutenant Colonel July 9, 2017

Colonel May 26, 2022