Chief Master Sergeant Randy Anderson, USAF (Ret) was born in Columbia, TN and graduated Central High School in 1974. He joined the US Air Force in 1978 and began his distinguished aviation career in 1982 as a Helicopter Flight Engineer. A decorated veteran, Randy has nearly 4000 hours and 22 years on multiple rotary wing platforms serving with distinction in combat special operations with US and International Special Operations Forces. He attained the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant in 2001.
A veteran of 15 major operational deployments and multiple conflicts within the Persian Gulf, Balkans and South- Central Asia he flew combat missions primarily on the MH-53 Pave III/IV helicopter, considered the most technologically advanced for its time. Throughout his career, Randy served in multiple operational assignments as an Aircrew Instructor and Flight Examiner culminating his career in December 2004, as Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Chief Enlisted Career Aviator responsible for managing the activities of over 1100 AF Enlisted Special Operations Aviators worldwide.
Since his retirement from active duty, Randy has remained a recognized expert and key figure within special operations circles. He has worked a wide variety of industry roles within the Department of Defense, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and AFSOC communities as a Technical Aviation Subject Matter Expert on Mission Systems and Engineering Integration, Program/Project Manager and Business Development professional.
Randy is currently President and Owner of Steel Horse Consulting Services, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business established in 2016, specializing in providing consulting and management services directly for the Department of Defense and industries who support them. Randy was formally honored and inducted into the 2014 Air Commando Association Hall of Fame for his enduring contributions to Air Force Special Operations. He lives in Lutz, FL and married to the former Mary Kelly Lund of Henry, IL with one son, three daughters and two grandchildren.