It is always a honor and privilege to feature the men and women who have bravely served, defending our country and our freedoms. Let us never take for granted their great sacrifice, and the sacrifices of those who gave all to keep this great nation free.
This month, we are featuring hometown veteran SSG Michael G. Anderson. He and his wife Kayleigh have two children, Alec Wayne and Taylyn Rose.
Anderson, 34, is a 2004 graduate of Greenwood High School. Additionally, he is a 2012 graduate of Arkansas Tech University and holds a technical degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).
The staff sergeant has spent the past 16 years in the United States Army. That time includes one year, 2009-2010, at Contingency Operating Base (COB), Basrah, Iraq, as well as one year at Camp Casey, Korea from 2006-2007.
Anderson’s career in the Army began in 2004, following high school. He graduated from basic training and was stationed at Fort Sill, OK, where he served as a Fire Direction Specialist. He was then sent to Korea, where he continued serving as a Fire Direction Specialist. After completing that tour, Anderson was sent to Fort Lewis, WA, where he served as a Fire Direction Chief/Platoon Sergeant.
In 2009, Anderson was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2011, he joined the United States Army Reserve, where he served as Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic until 2019.
He is currently serving as an instructor in the Army Reserve, teaching soldiers how to operate Army supply systems. Anderson and his family continue to call the City of Greenwood home. “I have spent a lot of time in the Army, and the Army has been my family for the last 16 years,” said Anderson. “When I put on my uniform I wear it with pride, and love serving my country. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have learned so much over the last 16 years. Fighting to preserve our freedoms is what I joined for! All I ask is, when you see a soldier, thank them. This job is not easy and I can say I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family and friends.”
Although thank you seems so inadequate for all you and your family have sacrificed for us, know you are appreciated! Thank you SSG Michael G. Anderson for your years of military service!