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Anderson: A Man With Track Record to Judge

March 31, 2015

Anderson with colleagues Sam Fruscione and Glenn Choolokian


Robert Anderson Jr., born June 5, 1942. In 1960, he joined the US Air Force. He was 18.

For 16 years he was a contracting supervisor, and supervisor of inventory management, stationed in Italy, Greece, Germany, Spain, and the Philippines and in Lowry, Colo., and at the Air Force base in Niagara Falls.

He taught procurement at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia and he was a recruiter for four years.

Anderson was awarded the US Air Force Meritorious Service medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, The Air Force Good Conduct Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, the Air Force Longevity Service Award ribbon with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

He won the US Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship ribbon and won the US Air Force G. A. Sanford Award for athletics.

He played on the US Air Force South All Star basketball team against the Marines.

According to the citation that accompanies his Air Force Meritorious Service medal, earned when assigned to the 35th Air Defense Missile Squadron, Niagara Falls International Airport, " Sergeant Anderson's outstanding professional skill, knowledge and leadership added immensely in identifying problem areas in the field of Inventory Management and developing positive corrective actions. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Anderson reflect credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."

The area where he identified problems and made corrections: The Nuclear Ordinance Commodity Management Supply account in Niagara Falls, of which he was in charge.

According to the citation that accompanies Anderson's Commendation Medal, Staff Sergeant Anderson, the Procurement Supervisor, 3415th Resource Management Group, Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado from Nov. 1, 1976 to April 29, 1977, when he "aided immeasurably in the successful accomplishment of the Air Training Command Logistics Civil Engineering Support test, resulting in the development of supply procedures to be used throughout the Air Force. The energetic application of his job knowledge, technical skill and an incomparable devotion to duty, contributed significantly to the success of the mission of the Lowry Technical Training Center."

After Anderson retired from the military, he developed the Bradford House restaurants for W.T Grant Stores.

Married to Marie, who died two years ago, he has a son, Robert Anderson III, and had a stepdaughter.

In 1991, Anderson's stepdaughter Bernadette was beaten into a coma by her husband Patrick Guiteau. She never came out of the coma and Anderson and his wife raised her three children, Erin, Alexandria and Patrick, and built an addition to their modest home on 73 rd St in LaSalle to care for his daughter, nursing her for 21 years until she died.

Robert Anderson, a success story in Niagara Falls.





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