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Lieutenant Colonel Richard "Dick" Anderson

Lieutenant Colonel Richard "Dick" Anderson

2 May 1984

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Roy Garza, Jun 16, 2009 - 09:51 PM

Col Anderson was a man who never looked down on no one and who was well respected by the maintainers. I was stationed at Hill AFB 16thTFS when we lost him he was allways remembered as a man who stopped and told all of us "hello how are you" Never a frown on his face.

Good Man
Bob Zachariewicz Jr., Dec 21, 2010 - 02:32 AM

I remember this man very well. He always gave us all inspiration at work. I was also in the 16tfs when this happened and it was very sad. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

Col Dick Anderson
Chales Frey, May 07, 2011 - 04:15 AM

I was Col Anderson's adjutant. He was always positive but realistic. He told me a lot of inside information about the squadron and the people he dealt with, subordinates and his supervisors. Sometimes he would have me come in his office and shut the door and just let out about how his day was going...good or bad. He was fair with everyone and had no favorites. He was very comical and especially about political correctness. I had just moved on to the Phillipines 6 months before his death. I was very saddened by his death. He was a great and good man, and the most honest and fair supervisor that I ever had in the Air Force.

My IP in F-4 RTU
Lt. Col. Jim Greider. USAF (Retired), May 03, 2013 - 03:18 PM

Dick was shocked as I arrived at Homestead AFB for F-4 RTU in 1981, after 8 years flying HH-3E Jolly Green choppers. "How does a 32 year old helicopter pilot get a slot to F-4 school?" was his daily question! I got to fly many sorties with Dick in my pit; and I think he was just trying to make sure I wasn't going to hover down the ILS glideslope! He ws a great pilot and instructor. While flying every day, nearly a 'hard crew' concept, we became good friends. On the last flight at Avon Park, I waxed him on the scoreboard, and he said "you are ready"! His attention to detail throughout training was top notch. I spent 42 months of my 20 years in flight training, and Dick was the best IP I ever flew with.

Incredible commander
Linda Diemer, Oct 03, 2018 - 09:16 PM

Lt Col Andeson was my comander at the 16th TFTS. He was approachable, genuine and humble to all of us. He remains in the top 3 commanders of my 28 year career! He reenlisted my husband and I in a joint ceromony, encouraged me on my career path, kept me out of trouble with the Wing Commander, and celerated the birth of my first child. I could not ask for a better leader! It was my priviledge to maintain his flight equipment and serve in his squadron. The day he died I was heartbroken and grieved for a long time.

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