Rear Adm. Edward L. Anderson was born in Glendora, California, and is a 1990 graduate of United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He holds a Master of Business Administration with Honors from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Aspen Institute seminar on Global Leadership.
His sea tours include division officer, USS Newport News (SSN 750); strategic weapons officer, USS Ohio (SSBN 726) (Blue); and executive officer, USS Jefferson City (SSN 759). Four years after departing his executive officer tour, Anderson assumed command of Jefferson City in July 2008.
Ashore, Anderson has served as space control officer in Cheyenne Mountain, U.S. Space Command; submarine operations officer at Commander, Allied Naval Forces South in Naples, Italy; submarine operations and anti-submarine warfare training officer for Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific; deputy director for Navy programs and Congressional liaison for Undersea Warfare and Strategic Programs, Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs; assistant program manager, Common Submarine Radio Room; major program manager for Undersea Integration (PMW 770).
Anderson was selected for flag officer in March 2017 and was then selected to serve as deputy commander, fleet readiness, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in May 2017.
Anderson’ decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four Awards) and various campaign, unit and service awards.